Ferriday boy OK after near drowning

Published 10:43 am Saturday, June 9, 2007

FERRIDAY — A week after nearly drowning, a 5-year-old Ferriday boy has made a full recovery.

Chase Charpentier left the hospital for home Sunday afternoon, his mother Robin Charpentier said.

“In fact, he’s ready and eager to take swimming lessons next week,” she said.

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Chase Charpentier wandered into the deep end of the Moose Lodge pool in Natchez May 30, and when it became obvious he was in distress, 13-year-old Matthew Dobson — a friend of Charpentier’s family — pulled him out of the pool.

Charpenter reportedly had no pulse when lifeguard Zach Rogel reached him, and Rogel performed CPR for about five minutes until paramedics arrived.

Charpenter was taken to Natchez Community Hospital.

He was airlifted from there to University Medical Center in Jackson, where doctors found fluid in one lung.

No neurological damage was apparent, Robin Charpenter said at the time.

He was placed on a ventilator until May 31 to assist his breathing, she said.

“The doctors told us they were astounded at how fast he recovered,” she said.

The Charpienter family wants to thank the community for their prayers, Robin Charpienter said.

“We believe that that is what pulled him through,” she said.

Plans for a banquet to honor everyone involved in the incident are underway, Moose Lodge officials said.