A toddler who drowned in an inflatable pool in a Morayfield backyard has been remembered as a “sweet little boy” who was always upbeat.
Two-year-old Alex Grove died in hospital on Wednesday after being found unconscious in a backyard pool north of Brisbane on Tuesday.
The tragedy, coupled with a near drowning in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, has prompted Queensland authorities to warn parents to be vigilant.
Alex was revived by paramedics called to the Michael Ave home and taken to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in a critical condition Tuesday afternoon. The boy could not be saved and his life support was turned off in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Family friend Ashlee Owen, who said she was known to the little boy as “Aunty Ashlee” told The Courier Mail family members were “not coping too well” and struggling to sleep after the tragedy.
Ms Owen said they were left traumatised after performing CPR on Alex to try to save his life.
She said she was also struggling with the loss of her “little sidekick”.
“He was my best friend," she said. "He wouldn’t go anywhere without me. We were pretty much attached at the hip."
"If I went to the letterbox, he had to come with me. He was my little sidekick."
"I don’t know what I will do without him now."
Ms Owen said Alex's dad had died in 2015 and the little boy has shown he missed his father.
"Even though he didn’t know his daddy very long he always told me how much he missed him,” she said.
"He would always do cute little things like throwing his dummy up in the air to heaven and asking his daddy to catch it.
"He had pictures of his daddy around his home and used to always say ‘goodnight daddy’ before he went to sleep."
Paramedics responded to a near-drowning at Varsity Lakes yesterday, where a young girl was pulled from a pool. She was taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.
Queensland Ambulance Service Gold Coast Senior operations supervisor Neil Stead warned that children would seek ways to beat the heat.
Mr Stead said it was more important than ever that parents be vigilant.