A parent’s instincts are everything when it comes to protecting their children.
Albert Passavanti is no exception, as evidenced by the split-second reaction that occurred when his son was in danger.
The father and his family had been hanging out by the pool in Florida one Sunday when something startling happened. Passavanti suddenly saw his young son follow an inflatable ball into the water. At just one and a half years old, the toddler had not yet learned to swim.
Seeing his son in danger, Passavanti quickly got to his feet and leaped over the 4-foot fence into the water.
Thanks to his swift thinking and fast reflexes, this father saved his son’s life.
Passavanti owed the rescue to “Superman strength” that came over him as soon as he saw what happened. He also said he didn’t even consider going around the fence – “it was point A to point B.”
While the Passavanti’s pool is fenced, the gate had been left open.
Upon posting the video to Facebook, he included a few words of advice: “Baby gates,” he said, “only work when you close them.”
Drowning is the number one cause of death when it comes to children between the ages of 1 and 4. A 2019 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that nearly 1,000 children drowned in the U.S. in 2017.
The AAP cautions parents to stay close and alert whenever young children are in or near water.