As parents, you try to do the best for your children. Give them their vitamins, time to play, your love and attention. But nothing can prepare you for when the worst hits, and you are powerless to stop it.
Earlier this month country music star Granger Smith and his wife Amber experienced just this when they revealed on social media that their youngest child, River, had a terrible accident at their home in Texas.
It was later discovered that River, 3, had drowned in the family pool. Paramedics were called to the house but River had been in the water for too long, and he was unable to be saved. The Smith’s shared that River’s organs were donated so that other children could be saved despite their tragic loss.
The couple has released a YouTube video on their YouTube channel, The Smiths, that talk about their loss. They start by apologizing for their social media blackout, as they have been trying to spend time with their remaining family and gather strength.
Granger and Amber say that they had their back turned only for a moment, but it was enough for River to fall into the water. They rushed to him and attempted CPR, and their timeline is unclear when looking back at the memory, but it was anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes time. Paramedics were on the scene quickly.
In the video, the couple tries to hold back their tears as they talk about cherishing the time they had with their son. Granger says that he is not going to suffer over the thought of what could have been, and takes strength from the belief that God put his son here for exactly the right amount of time. The couple instead chooses to appreciate the wonderful 3 years they had with River.
The couple has two other children, Lincoln, 5, and London, 7. His daughter asked him how long River was here for, and Granger realized it was just over 1,000 days. He believes that River had the best 1,000 days any child could have asked for.
In the video, they also thank the medical team and the state of Texas for taking care of them and appreciate their fans support during this time. The video is just under 30 minutes, with the bulk of it being family images and video clips from River’s life, starting when he was just a baby and showing his progression into a toddler.