My son asked ‘what if I drown?’ before swimming lesson – only for his horror premonition to come true

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A DEVASTATED mum has told how her son asked “what if I drown?” before his swimming lesson – only for his horror premonition to come true.

Dori Scott, 35, enrolled her four-year-old son Israel in a beginner’s swim class after he enjoyed splashing in the pool on a family holiday.

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Tragic Isiah ‘Izzy’ Scott, 4, foreshadowed his own death before his second swim lesson[/caption]

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Mum Dori, dad Walt, 37, daughter Paris, 12, and Noah, three, have been left heartbroken by the little boy’s passing[/caption]

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His parents enrolled the water-loving youngster into classes after he loved the pool on a family holiday[/caption]

She found a local instructor who advertised their services on Facebook back in June, who claimed to have decades of experience.

The mum-of-three then dropped Isiah – affectionately known as Izzy – at the pool for his first lesson at the facility in Georgia, US.

She says she was told to wait in the car for her four-year-old and believed it was a policy put in place to avoid distracting swimmers.

But tragedy struck when little Isiah attended his second lesson of the week while an unsuspecting Dori was sitting in her vehicle.

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In a cruel twist of fate, the 35-year-old has heartbreakingly told how her young son foreshadowed his own death shortly before his class.

Dori, from Augusta, Georgia, explained: “I was telling him ‘you’re going to be swimming’ and he was so excited because he always wanted to swim.

“He always knew the danger of water but he loved it so much.

“[Before the second class] when I was getting him dressed, he said ‘why am I putting that on?’


“I told him he had a swim lesson and he said ‘I don’t wanna go’ but was in a happy mood.

“He asked ‘but what if I drown’ and I said ‘you’re not going to drown, silly’ and he laughed it off.”

The mum claims she left Isiah with the instructor, before heading back to her car as she had been told.

Dori continued: “I waited in my car and got a knock on my window [from a parent] saying ‘come get your baby’.

“It wasn’t time – they still had about six minutes left. I looked at her again and saw tears in her eyes.

“That’s when I started screaming because I figured something was wrong. My whole life changed in a matter of moments.”

The panicked mum rushed inside “crying and screaming” to find Isiah unconscious on the poolside receiving CPR.

She recalled: “He was unresponsive. I could tell by looking at him that he had been under the water for some time because he was foaming at the mouth and had no heartbeat.

“I asked the swimming instructor what happened and all she could tell me was she didn’t know. She said ‘I don’t know. I told the kids to get out of the pool. I don’t know’.

“I stood at the pool screaming ‘let me hold my baby’.

“They wouldn’t let me hold him of course because they were doing CPR and chest compressions. I have so many unanswered questions.”

If there’s a swim class where you have to leave your child, I don’t care what they tell you, you should be allowed to watch your baby.


Dori Scott

Isiah was then rushed to Burke Medical Center nearby before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Although doctors found his heartbeat, a CT scan confirmed that the tragic four-year-old was already brain dead.

He sadly passed away in the early hours of June 15 this year, leaving her husband Walt, 37, daughter Paris, 12, and youngest son Noah, three, heartbroken.

Dori said her young kids are immensely “struggling” with the loss of their brother while Noah asks: “Mom, when is he coming back from heaven?”

She has now launched a campaign for new laws in her state to dictate an adult-to-child ratio at swim lessons.

The 35-year-old has also urged parents never to leave their children alone at the pool – even under the supervision of instructors.

“I would tell other parents to never leave their kids,” the mum said.

“If there’s a swim class where you have to leave your child, I don’t care what they tell you, you should be allowed to watch your baby.

“I never received an apology. We’re now looking at getting a law in Izzy’s name to save other children.

“Never leave your child with any instructor, even if they have experience.”

Burke County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they attended a property in Hephzibah, Georgia, on June 14 amid reports of the “possible drowning of a child”.

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said: “Our office and our community are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

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“We have grieved and continue to grieve with all parties involved. We offered at the onset our sincerest sympathy to the Scott family.

“One does not expect to take his/her child to swimming lessons to learn water safety and not have the child returned to them safely.”

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Dori is now campaigning for justice for her little boy and wants laws changed in the state of Georgia[/caption]

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Dori told how her youngest son Noah has been asking when his big brother will come back from heaven[/caption]

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