6-Year-Old Injured in Pool Accident Dies

Horrific injury led to new safety regs on swimming pool drains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 10:47 AM CDT
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, right, thanks Katey Taylor, left, and Scott Taylor, center, parents of Abigail Taylor, during a news conference in Minneapolis, Monday, July 23, 2007.    (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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(Newser) – The little girl whose injury from a swimming pool drain spurred new safety laws has lost her fight for life, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Six-year-old Abigail Taylor died Thursday evening after transplant surgery failed to restore the part of her intestinal track that was ripped out by a powerful drain in a golf club wading pool last summer.

Taylor's triple-organ transplant last December triggered a rare cancerous condition. "She fought so bloody hard and didn't catch one break," said a family lawyer. After her injury, Taylor's parents pushed hard for new safety legislation that would prevent similar accidents. In December, the same day Abagail had her transplant surgery, Congress enacted a law banning the sale of drain covers that don't meet anti-entrapment safety standards and requiring less-powerful drainage systems.