8-year-old boy dies after drowning at pool party

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GEORGETOWN TWP., Mich. — A young boy is dead after drowning at a pool party in Ottawa County.

Mekhi Davon Ivy, 8, was pulled from a pool in the Sunningdale subdivision in Georgetown Township Saturday afternoon and rushed to the hospital, where he later died Sunday.

Erika Ivy, Mekhi’s mother, tells FOX 17 he was at a pool party celebrating the end of the school year at a classmate’s house. Mekhi was swimming fine in the pool when all of a sudden he sank to the bottom. He was pulled from the bottom by a classmate.

Erika says she was told he died from dry drowning, which happens when water enters a person’s airways and causes swelling, making it difficult for air to reach the lungs. However, an autopsy performed Tuesday by a medical examiner determined he died by a regular drowning instead.

Mekhi’s mother says he was a very loving child with lots of friends, and will be missed most of all by his siblings: big brother Messiah, 13, little brother Masen, 4, and his 5-month-old sister Aalayah.

Mekhi was a student at Park Elementary in Hudsonville.

The Ivy family has a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his funeral costs.

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