A nine-year-old boy who tragically drowned in his school swimming pool had told a nun just days before his death that he was “going to heaven”.
Luis, 9, his family preferred not reveal his surname, had been a pupil at a private school in the municipality of Sao Vicente, which is located in the southern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, when he drowned in the school swimming pool on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th November, at around 3:30 PM, according to local media outlet G1.
It is now been revealed that his dad, named only as Rafael, told G1 on Saturday 20th November that his son had told a nun at church on the Sunday before his death that he was “going to heaven”.
His death is being investigated by the police after the young boy was rescued by firefighters but passed away after their resuscitation efforts proved to be in vain.
The young boy had reportedly been suffering from arrhythmia and from a learning difficulty.
His dad said of his son Luis that he was “a caring, loving, very affectionate boy. His life was to embrace everyone, without exception.”
His dad also said that it was on his school file that he was suffering from arrhythmia and the learning difficulty, adding: “It was on the school’s file, including that he couldn’t exert himself.”
Rafael said that on Sunday before his death, the family had been in church. He said: “At the end of the holy service, he hugged a sister and said ‘Give God glory, I’m going to heaven.'”
The dad added: “After receiving this sister’s message, God greatly comforted us.”
Witnesses are reported as having told the police that the young boy was in the school swimming pool, which is 70 centimetres deep, when he suddenly sank. He was promptly rescued by a teacher and the fire brigade were called. They provided first aid and took him to hospital but he passed away.
The dad said that he was not aware that his son would be swimming that they, saying: “There are no messages on the agenda and, as we didn’t know, no bathing suits were sent.”
G1 report that the death certificate states that the young boy drowned but the police are investigating a hypothesis of sudden illness, having initially opened a case for suspicious death.