A 1-year-old New Zealand boy who was found unconscious after drowning in a garden pond was pronounced dead. The 1-year-old boy, Te Ariki William Robin Tawha Lee, was found unresponsive when his mother discovered him at his family home in Christchurch, New Zealand.
His mother, Lee Monk, first saw him in the helpless condition and carried him to the Christchurch Hospital who pronounced him to be in a dangerous situation. The 1-year-old boy was put on life support, but the MRI scans determined he was already brain dead. He was taken out of life support on Christmas Eve. Almost $7,000 had been donated to cover the cost of his funeral.
One of the Death Notes explained the boy as ‘loved and valued only son’ who was ‘loved by all of his outspread whanau and community.’ The 1-year-old boy was the only son of Lee Monk, who is now left with her four daughters heartbroken and regretted.
However, this year saw several other cases of drowning deaths. The police stated that all the deaths were preventable had they been ignored by someone. According to a report from Water Safety New Zealand, there were as many as nine deaths due to drowning than 2018.
The dead of the 1-year-old boy has left his mother and his four sisters in pain and sorrowful. Authorities said that there was no intention of killing the infant.