Friends, Family Show Support for Near-Drowning Victim with #TurtlePowerforJames Campaign

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    Family and friends gathered at Broward Health Medical Center Sunday morning in a show of support for a 1-year-old critically injured in a near-drowning last month.

    Family and friends gathered at Broward Health Medical Center Sunday morning in a show of support for a 1-year-old critically injured in a near-drowning last month.

    Supporters decorated the hospital's flagpole with memorabilia from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is James Edward's favorite show.

    James, who turns 2 on July 22, was found face down in a pool by his grandfather on May 30. The infant's grandfather was taking care of him while his mother and father were at the hospital for the birth of a baby sibling.

    At some point, the grandfather turned around and found the 1-year-old face down in the pool that was surrounded by a safety gate.

    The grandfather jumped in to save the child, but his cell phone was still in his pocket which left him unable to call 911. A neighbor called 911 for him and the child was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center in critical condition.

    The boy's mother, Jenna Edwards, set up a Facebook page following the incident themed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sparking an online movement called #TurtlePowerforJames. Since then, the page has more than 21,000 followers.

    The campaign for James will continue Sunday at 3 p.m. with a fundraiser at Wings Plus on Sample Road, where 20 percent of all proceeds will benefit a fund set up by the boy's family. For more on how to donate, click here.