Family Of Owasso Girl Who Nearly Drowned Is Hopeful, Prayerful

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 11:06 pm
By: News On 6

We can now put a name and a face to an Owasso girl fighting for her life after she nearly drowned.

Two-year-old Rosalie Goodwin is at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa and her family is sharing what the last 36 hours have been like.

Rosalie is in critical condition.

She's on a ventilator, and while her family waits to see if she has any brain damage, they're asking for one thing.

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Rosalie Goodwin's third birthday is in December.

Her family is praying she gets to celebrate it.

"We've already got thousands of people praying for her, but we need many, many more prayers," aunt Traci Rostamo said. "We can't imagine losing little Rosie. It would just be devastating."

Traci Rostamo is Rosalie's aunt.

She and the rest of the family haven't left the child's side.

"Holding her and rubbing her little fat feet, telling her it's going to be okay," Rostamo said. "Hold on to Jesus' hand. Come back to us."

Rosalie was with her mom and several other family members at Owasso's Lake Valley Neighborhood swimming pool on Wednesday.

"Had Rosalie on her lap eating crackers and her floaties were on, the next minute that she knew, she saw a man down at the other end of the pool asking who's kid it was," Rostamo said.

A man had pulled Rosalie's lifeless body from the water.

Another aunt performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

Doctors are now waiting for the swelling to go down on her brain to see if there is any permanent damage.

" You just can't even see her on the little bed with her head wrap and her tubes in her nose and her mouth and breathing, just trying to breathe on her own," Rostamo said.

Rosalie's family believes in the power of prayer.

"Just hold your kids tight," Rostamo said. "You never know what's going to happen. We're not in control of everything."

They say the little girl who loves reciting Bible verses and singing Sunday school songs is a testament of faith, no matter what happens.

Friends have set up a Facebook page for Rosalie, to encourage people to pray for her health.

For anyone who is led to make a donation for Rosalie and her family to help with medical costs, please contact:

First Bank of Owasso
Diane Haywood
Phone: 918-272-8294
Fax: 918-272-8206

First Bank of Owasso