Last Child Injured in SeMo Reservoir Break Leaves Hospital

DECEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 3:37 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - The last of three siblings injured when their home was swept away during a reservoir break in southeast Missouri is released from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

Hospital spokesman Bob Davidson says 5-year-old Tanner Toops will need follow-up care at home but is doing well, laughing and playing before he left the hospital today.

A reservoir at an AmerenUE hydroelectric plant broke December 14.  Tanner, his parents and siblings were caught up in about one billion gallons of water.  The family lived at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, where Jerry Toops was park superintendent.

All three children suffered hypothermia.  Tanner was near cardiac arrest and suffered burns during efforts to warm him following his rescue.

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