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Toddler dies after pool accident
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Cooper

Cooper Swims, the 2-year-old son of Mike and Jennifer Swims, passed away Friday night at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt after a swimming pool accident at his home Monday.

Emergency responders were able to resuscitate the toddler, but his neurological function showed no indication of recovery.

Mike Swims is youth and family minister at Central Church of Christ and Jennifer Swims is active as a church volunteer.

Part of Cooper will live on in other children after his parents donated his organs for transplantation, church leaders said.

“Cooper is definitely a superhero as he is already saving other children’s lives,” his father said Friday. 

“As individuals and families, we have all endured personal tragedies and hardships, but this disaster has been a crushing experience in our church,” said Steve McGregor, one of Central’s elders. “We will carry this burden of sorrow for a long time but we will pray for God’s comfort and we will support each other.”

McGregor, his wife Linda, and an estimated 75 other Central members converged on the Nashville hospital in the hours before mechanical ventilation for Cooper was discontinued after his parents conferred with doctors and neurological specialists.

The church has created a special fund to help with the costs the Swims family has incurred for medical treatment. Persons wishing to contribute may write their checks to Central Church of Christ and note on the memo line the gift is directed to the Swims Family Fund. For more information, call the church office at 473-6537.    

Also, the nonprofit community theater group Warren Arts will offer an afternoon of live music Sunday, Aug. 4, starting at 3 p.m. at its venue on Highway 55 in the Smartt Station community. Admission will be free but visitors will have the opportunity to donate to the benefit fund and place bids in a silent auction.  

A memorial service will be held at the Central Church of Christ auditorium at a date and time to be announced later.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.