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Three-Year-Old Boy Trapped In Water Tank Dies After Four Days In ICU

A three-year-old boy who fell into a water storage tank during a day camp treat has died after four days in intensive care.

Photo shows Tate Holtzman in a photo with his parents, undated. The boy, 3, from Vermont, died after falling into a water storage tank at a resort splash pad on Thursday, July 06, 2023. (GoFundMe, Kali Brgant/Newsflash)

Victim Tate Holtzman was only found by a lifeguard ten minutes after he had dropped into the tank without being seen.

The toddler had been playing at a nearby splash pad spray pool when he disappeared, according to local media in the town of Cambridge, Vermont State, USA.

His parents had booked him into the day camp at the Smugglers’ Notch Resort water park on 6th July as a treat.

But he died four days later on 10th July after four days in the intensive care unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for Vermont has recorded his death by drowning as an accident.

Kali Brgant – who organised a GoFundMe campaign for shattered dad Zachary Holtzman wrote: “On Thursday, 6th July, three-year-old Tate Holtzman was involved in a terrible tragedy while at camp.

“He was rushed to the UVM Medical Center where he was on life support through Saturday. He is at peace now.

“The Holtzman family is going through unspeakable, unthinkable anguish and your support is encouraged during this terrible time.”

The appeal touched the hearts of responders.

One supporter Jaclyn Ryan said: “As a mother myself of young children, and a frequent visitor to Smuggs, my heart is sick for you. May you somehow find strength during this unimaginable time.”

Another supporter Tracy McDermott added: “My heart absolutely breaks for the two of you and your family. Will be thinking of you constantly – holding space and love.”

And Brenda Evers added: “Know that people miles away from you are sharing your heartache.”

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