Mom shares heartbreaking story in drowning that left son disabled

July 10, 2012

– WFAA | Richard Kent

This time of year, we report on a lot of drownings, many of them involving children. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reports a dozen children have drowned so far this year in North Texas. That number jumps to 40 statewide.

Children's Medical Center treated more than 50 children this year for near-drowning incidents. Those statistics are slightly lower than last year's.

One local mother, Sharon Shannon, is bravely speaking out in hopes of preventing drowning accidents. Her son Benjamin had an anoxic brain injury, leaving him with breathing issues and needing a feeding tube. It's a tough story, but so important with all the kids swimming this time of year.