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Edina girl undergoes surgery

A 6-year-old girl from Edina, Minnesota was still hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday after the suction from a swimming pool drain pulled out several feet of her intestine.

Abigal Taylor was injured Friday at the Minneapolis Golf Club in St. Louis Park when her some of her intestine was pulled out by the suction from an uncovered pool drain. The protective cover had come off and Abigail was able to pull herself from the drain without calling for help, said Abigail's parents, Scott and Kathryn Taylor. When it was realized that she had been injured, she was taken to Children's Hospital for surgery.

Doctors had to remove the part of Abigail's intestine that remained and it is likely she will have to be fed intravenously from now on.

Since 1990, there have been three incidents similar to Abigail's and 13 other peole, mostly children, have died because of underwater drains.

Abigail's injury comes as Congress is looking at new pool safety regulations. The new regulation would require pools to have multiple drains with less suction instead of only one drain. Owners of pools could also install sensors that would turn off the suction if the drain became blocked.

The bill can be viewed here.

Currently, doctors are deciding what further course to take with Abigail to treat the injury.

The story was very well covered in the Star Tribune. The story was very complete, with input coming from different sources to help the reader understand what happened to Abigail as well as what is happening on a larger scale to further prevent this type of problem. The only lacking information was about the removal of comments from a website by the parents. That update was covered in the Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer Press also covered the story online, although their story was very compact and lacked detail. The story in the Sunday edition of the paper had written a better story which makes me think the shorter story was posted online to save space and prevent redundancy.