Mother remembers son who drowned in New Mexico lake
July 10, 2018 07:00 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.—A mother is talking about the horror of losing her 9-year-old son at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Kingdom Ferdinand drowned in Lea Lake Saturday.
Mary An Cobol says she got out of the water, along with her husband, but her son wanted to continue swimming.
"Kingdom went back to the lake and went swimming, and that's the time my husband was looking for him," Mary An said during a phone interview.
She said they couldn't see Kingdom in the shallow waters and worry instantly set it because he didn’t know how to swim.
The Chaves County sheriff said Kingdom was underwater for about 10 minutes until someone found him. He said a nurse who was at the lake performed CPR on Kingdom until first responders arrived.
He said first responders also performed CPR until they arrived at the hospital, but their attempts were unsuccessful.
"The doctor said Kingdom had a heartbeat; had a pulse, but his brain is dead, so he was going to observe it until five minutes," Mary An said. "After five minutes, Kingdom passed away."
Kingdom and his two younger brothers joined their mother in Hobbs from the Philippines just over a month ago. She said she's been working as a teacher in Hobbs since August and was hoping to stay with her sons and husband in New Mexico for 3 years.
She said Kingdom was a smart kid.
"Actually, in the Philippines in terms of educational (sic), or education, he always won third or best in math from kindergarten up to grade three, third grade," Mary An went on to say.
She had asked him what his greatest dream was. She said Kingdom replied, "I want to be a science teacher like you."
She said losing her son is a feeling she can't explain.
"We can't really accept the truth, especially me, myself and I because that is my greatest dream; that I come here and bring my family, and I work so hard for my family," Mary An said.
She said they do not have any insurance to cover the hospital bills and is grateful to the people who have donated to her family's GoFundMe page.
Created: July 10, 2018 07:00 PM
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