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July 29th, 2014 | Leave a comment by   in Children's Health, Community Wellness

Water Safety: Tragedies Can Be Prevented

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For Zulma Berrios, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at West Kendall Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital, water safety is a deeply personal cause. Five years ago, her niece, Gala, drowned in a backyard pool in Puerto Rico weeks before her second birthday. “I know how devastating this can be,” Dr. Berrios said. “Promoting water safety has become my passion because I never want another family to go through the tragedy.” The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are approximately 10 deaths a day in the United States from drowning. South Florida children, with water and pools everywhere, are particularly vulnerable. “What makes this so important is that drowning is a 100 percent preventable tragedy,” said Fernando Mendoza, M.D., director of the Children’s Emergency Centers at Baptist Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “We cannot prevent many of the illnesses our children get, but we can do something about this.” Drs. Berrios, Mendoza...

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