Usher's five-year-old son in ICU after nearly drowning in pool

8 August 2013 / 3 years 2 months ago

Usher's eldest son is making a swift recovery and will be released from hospital in a few days.

The 'More' hitmaker's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V was rushed to hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday (Aug 5) and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after he almost drowned in a swimming pool when his hand got stuck in a drain.

The little boy was playing in the water with his father's aunt when he dove down to retrieve a toy that was lying in the drain.

His arm got stuck and the aunt and a maid were unable to free him.

Two men, who were working at the property, jumped into the pool to get him out and he was then rushed to hospital by an ambulance.

A source told gossip website that the little boy, who had to be given CPR, is showing miraculous signs of recovery despite still being in the ICU.

He is already sitting up in bed, eating, talking and laughing but won't be released for a few more days as doctors want to continue monitoring him following the serious accident.

Usher has thanked the men who saved his son's life.

The 'Scream' hitmaker's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V is recovering in hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after narrowly avoiding drowning on Monday (05.08.13) when his hand got stuck in a drain at the bottom of a swimming pool.

Usher has since issued a statement expressing his gratitude towards the "true heroes" who dove into the pool to rescue his son when both his father's aunt - who was looking after him at the time - and a maid were unable to free him.

He said: "I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. 

"I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them.

"I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's well-being."

Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster - who also has four-year-old son Naviyd Ely with the R&B singer - has been at the little boy's bedside ever since and has demanded a court hearing in the hopes of regaining full custody of her children.

A source told People magazine: "Now that it's sunk in, she is livid. Usher has custody and won't let Tameka have the kids, even when he's out of town. 

"She feels like the kids are being raised by his family or by nannies, when they should be with their mother."

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