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Omaha Police confirm 6-year-old involved in near-drowning at Fun Plex has died

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 25, 2023

UPDATE 6:36 p.m.

A 6-year-old Iowa boy who was hospitalized after he was found unconscious in a wave pool at a suburban Omaha waterpark has died, police said Wednesday.

Police did not identify the boy but his family said on a GoFundMe site that he had no brain activity since the incident on Sunday and was taken off life support, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

"He was a sweet 6-year-old, our first son, a twin to his sister, and everything to our family," the boy's mother, Makda Gebre, wrote on the site. "We are devastated."

The Sioux City, Iowa, family said it was asking for donations to help with funeral expenses.

Medical personnel were called to the pool in Ralston Sunday afternoon. He was taken to the Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy and then transported to Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

Fun-Plex has remained closed since Sunday.

Read the statement from Fun Plex:
"We are deeply saddened, and our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time. Our primary focus throughout our 40 years in business is to provide a safe environment for every person who walks through our gates. On behalf of everyone at Fun-Plex, we offer our heartfelt condolences."

The Omaha Police are investigating a drowning that occurred Sunday afternoon at Fun Plex.

Here's what we know from police:

According to OPD, on Sunday at 2:47 p.m. officers were called to Fun Plex in regards to a drowning.

The child was noticed underwater and life-saving measures were initiated, said police.

The child was initially transported to Bergan with life-saving measures in progress by OFD and then transferred to Children's Hospital.

There are no further updates at this time.

This is an active investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

The Omaha Police said they would like to clarify at this time that this incident is technically defined as a NEAR DROWNING.

The OPD is the official source of information on this incident.

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