GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An 8-year-old died after going under the water in a pool near Hudsonville on Saturday.
Authorities said Sunday afternoon that Mekhi Davon Ivy of the Jenison area died as a result of the incident.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says Mekhi went under the water around 2 p.m. at a house in the Sunningdale subdivision in Georgetown Township. His aunt told 24 Hour News 8 that Mekhi and a number of other children were there for a pool party their teacher was hosting.
One of the other children saw Mekhi at the bottom of the pool. The teacher performed CPR until first responders arrived to take Mekhi by ambulance to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was initially listed in critical condition but died later Saturday.
Mekhi’s family says doctors told them he died from dry drowning, which is when a small amount of water enters the nose or mouth and causes a spasm that can close the airway. However, the medical examiner determined it was not a dry drowning. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cohle ruled the boy drowned under regular circumstances.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Mekhi’s family cover funeral costs.
–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.