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Boy in critical condition after nearly drowning in New Braunfels pool


NEW BRAUNFELS — Police say an 8-year-old boy apparently is still in critical condition at a San Antonio hospital five days after nearly drowning in a swimming pool on July 4.

New Braunfels police has not been notified of a change in the boy’s condition and believe he is still alive at University Hospital because they have not heard otherwise, Capt. John McDonald said on Wednesday. McDonald said he could not be certain of the boy’s medical status because federal privacy laws prohibit the hospital from releasing information over the phone, even to police, without consent from the patient or patient’s family.

“As far as we know, there has been no change in his condition. … As far as we know, he is still alive but I cannot confirm that because of the hospital and the restrictions,” McDonald said.

The boy, William Bandiver of Corpus Christi, was swimming with a group of children on Friday in the indoor pool of a private home at 145 W. Lincoln St. The children failed to immediately notice that Bandiver did not surface while they were playing. He was submerged for a time at the bottom of the pool before someone saw him and pulled him to the surface, Sgt. Christopher Peltier said on Sunday.

A resident flagged down officers working a Comal River tuber exit next door to the home. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Bandiver until New Braunfels EMS arrived, Peltier said. The boy was taken first to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels and then airlifted to University Hospital, Peltier said.

A hospital spokesperson told the San Marcos Mercury that she could not provide information about Bandiver, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

COVER: Tubers on the Comal River in New Braunfels. PHOTO by ROBERT NAGLE.