A three-year-old boy who died on his birthday after being found unconscious in a swimming pool in Upavon has been named as Jack Rowe. His parents launched a massive search after he was believed to have wandered off towards a nearby river.
Police and villagers joined in the hunt but, just 20 minutes later, little Jack was found floating in the water of the pool in the garden of a family home. He was unresponsive and given medical treatment at the scene before being flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance.
He passed away just hours later from his injuries.
"We were sitting outside when a young lady came to the fence asking us to keep a look out for Jack as he had been missing for about half an hour.
"With the river being down there (next to the house), we ran down. After that we went around the house, looking through the fields.
"We were all looking when the police came at about 7.20pm. Then we heard a scream and he had been found in the pool.
"How long he had been in there for I don't know. It was unbelievable.
The air ambulance landed in the field opposite their house. The police had been trying to revive him for about half an hour."
A three year old boy has been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries following an incident in Upavon. Wiltshire Police were called shortly after 7pm this evening to reports of a missing child. Sadly, the child was found shortly after 7.20pm in a nearby swimming pool.
He received emergency medical treatment at the scene but was unresponsive. He has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where he remains in a life threatening condition
A spokesperson from the University Hospital Southampton gave this statement regarding the 'absolutely appalling" care a couple's two-year-old son received after waiting six hours for a hospital bed.
While we are sorry to hear Mr and Mrs Giles are unhappy with the care their son received, these issues had not previously been raised with us and we are not familiar with the accounts presented through the media.
However, we would be happy to discuss any aspect of Callum's treatment with his parents directly and investigate any remaining concerns they have to ensure we offer them complete reassurance about our processes and procedures."