The little boy pulled from a casino pool Tuesday - and revived after nearly drowning - has died.
Samod Kent, 7, of Camden, died at Cooper University Hospital in Camden at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday, police were finally able to confirm Thursday. The family could not be reached before then, and the hospital could not release the information due to privacy laws.
It was a heartbreaking end to what seemed a hopeful story.
A brother and sister also at the family pool in Harrah's Resort's Harbour Tower had helped pull the unconscious boy out of the water, according to several news reports. Then, off-duty paramedic Kelly Hauler-Saunders jumped in to revive him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, aided by a trained security staff. The casino's on-site nurse also arrived quickly with all the necessary equipment, Hauler-Saunders said.
"Everything that could have gone right, went right," the longtime emergency medical services worker said after the rescue.
Samod had stopped breathing in the ambulance but was resuscitated. He was driven to Cooper, where he was reportedly on a ventilator.
But the rescue did not have a happy ending. The Atlantic City Police Department announced Samod's death in an e-mail Thursday afternoon.
Harrah's was keeping in touch with the family, who could not be reached for comment. Police originally said the family was from Philadelphia.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Samod," said Jay Snowden, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Resorts. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother and father and their entire family. We will continue to assist the family as they need us."
There were no lifeguards on duty at the time of the incident, but all children younger than 16 are required to have an adult with them. Samod's mother was at the pool along with another child, Hauler-Saunders said.
New Jersey Administrative Code does not require hotels to have lifeguards or first-aid personnel on site.
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