Samson Goitom

Photo of Samson Goitom. He has medium-brown skin and a mustache; his head is shaved and he is wearing noise-canceling headphones. At the right of the frame is a woman in a headscarf and glasses, with her arm around Samson.Name: Samson Goitom.
Died: March 22, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Negligence (Drowning due to lifeguard inattention and poor pool design).
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Samson had loved swimming since infancy. His family called him “Little Fish”. He often went to the YMCA, where his parents would remind the lifeguards that he was autistic, and that they should never, ever take their eyes off him.

Samson was in the hot tub at the YMCA when he had a seizure and was found unconscious, face-down in the water. The pool was badly designed, so that lifeguards could not have seen him from their chairs even if they had been attentive. Even worse, the lifeguards on duty were not paying attention as Samson’s parents had insisted; they were known to have a habit of using cell phones and laptops rather than watching the people using the pool.

Samson was taken to the hospital, but died two days later.

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