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Kenai Boy, 6, Dies at Anchorage Hospital After Pool Accident

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
Published On: Feb 14 2014 11:00:09 AM AKST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 11:01:27 AM AKST
(img1)Floyd Murphy Drowning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

A Kenai boy who asked his family to donate his organs if anything ever happened to him died Thursday at an Anchorage hospital after being found at the bottom of a hotel pool last week, according to his family.

In a statement relayed by Providence Alaska Medical Center spokesperson Mikal Canfield, 6-year-old Floyd Murphy’s family announced his passing. The family had been visiting Anchorage with a church group Feb. 7 when Murphy was discovered submerged.

“Last night Floyd left us to be with God. We would like to thank the community for the overwhelming show of support for Floyd and our family,” family members wrote. “Your love, compassion and prayers have given us strength during this difficult time.”

Murphy’s family responded to the tragedy, which left their son without oxygen for an estimated 20 minutes, by establishing a Facebook group to pray for his life. While initial medical signs were encouraging, doctors told his parents Tuesday he had no chance of recovery.

The entire family had already decided to donate their organs in the event of a serious medical emergency, during a recent conversation at their dinner table.

Murphy’s family plans to hold a celebration of life for him at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. Guests are asked to wear blue and yellow.