Usher’s son appeared to be just inches from death after he got his arm stuck in a pool drain, but doctors now say the boy is having a “miraculous” recovery and expected to be released from the hospital shortly.
The accident took place Tuesday when the 5-year-old boy tried to reach for a toy and became entangled in the drain. The boy’s aunt and an employee tried to free him but couldn’t, but two men working on the house were able to pull Usher Raymond V free. The boy received CPR and was taken to the hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit.
Usher’s son is now said to be “sitting up in bed at the hospital, eating, laughing, and talking to people,” TMZ reported.
On Friday Usher released a statement thanking everyone who offered prayers and support for his son.
“I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering,” Usher said in a statement to People. “I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family’s well-being.”
Usher added, “I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son’s life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them.”
The boy’s mother, Tameka Foster, tweeted a picture of the 5-year-old in the hospital on Friday as he recovered from the near-drowning.
“My favorite 5 year old. What a blessing! I have always loved and appreciated my sons but tragedies and close calls make this even more evident,” the 42-year-old stylist said in an Instagram picture that shows her cuddling next to the boy in a hospital bed.
Last year Foster’s son Kile died after a boating accident on a Georgia lake.
After the incident this week, Foster was granted an emergency custody hearing, but a judge ruled that Usher will retain primary custody over the boy.
Usher’s son is expected to be released from the hospital in a matter of days.