Jackson boy who almost drowned returns home

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Andrew Tyler, an 11-year-old Jackson boy who nearly drowned in the city pool on June 6, is recovering at his home after a four-month stay in Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, a friend of the Tyler family told the Southeast Missourian Friday afternoon.

"The doctors said he's in a wait-and-see condition right now," said Coleen Mouser, a neighbor of the Tylers.

Andrew is the son of Ed and Becky Tyler of Jackson.

"The family is thankful for all the prayers and support," Mouser said.

Andrew, while swimming for the Barracuda swim team, jumped into the water and went into cardiac arrest due to a condition known as Long QT Syndrome, an electrical disorder of the heart.

The Tyler family returned home on Oct. 17.

Although Andrew is out of a coma, he is still undergoing therapy at home.

The family has acquired a van and only a day before Andrew came home had a wheelchair lift installed. The family is still paying for the costs involved, she said.

Meanwhile, friends continue fund-raising efforts to help the family with medical bills.

The public is invited to a benefit auction and dinner on Nov. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jackson. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to be served at 6:30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under.

A benefit dance last month generated $1,800 for the family.

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