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Heartbreaking final photo of adorable five-year-old boy who was left brain dead after falling in neighbor’s backyard pool in Texas – as distraught mom says gate had always previously been locked

A five-year-old Texas boy has tragically been pronounced brain dead after falling into a neighbor’s backyard pool. Jeremiah Turner was discovered by his heartbroken family on March 10, and spent days in the hospital as medics battled to save his life.

The child, who had autism, was pronounced brain dead on March 14, as his stricken mother Christie Lyons said it was ‘really hard to lose our baby.’

She urged parents with autistic children to teach them water safety, as his fear of water led them to never teach him to swim.

‘We never really introduced him to that, and we regret it,’ she told KENS5.

Jeremiah was playing in his grandmother’s yard when the tragedy occurred, and Lyons said her neighbors ‘didn’t have their pool locked’, which was out of the ordinary.

‘For years it was locked. For years the fences were up, so we had no worries in our mind that he would ever find that,’ she said.

‘He was autistic and he loved to play. He loved to explore everywhere,’ the heartbroken mother continued, as she referred to her son as her ‘golden boy.’

‘He was always jumping and running in circles and yelling. He was really beautiful. He lit up the world. He touched many people.’

She said the boy’s family lost sight of him for several minutes, and he was found in the pool by his grandmother.

His father, Andrew Turner, then ‘ran over there and pulled him from the water’, Lyons said, leading to a frantic two-hour effort to revive the five-year-old.

‘We took him to the hospital, got his heartbeat back. They lost it. They got it back again,’ Lyons said.

‘They had no hope in Jeremiah. We believe in God. We’re very faithful and we said, ‘Jeremiah’s got this. He’s a strong little boy.’ He became brain-dead. It was really hard to lose our baby.’

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