It’s been a rough and scary few days for Usher Raymond.
The R&B singer’s 5-year-old son Usher Raymond V is currently in an Atlanta hospital after nearly drowning in the celeb’s pool on Monday, and tonight, Usher has decided to address the situation for the first time since the horrific accident occurred.
“I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering,” Raymond said in a statement.
“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family’s well-being. I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock,” he continued.
“I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son’s life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them.”
A friend of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster took to her blog to give an update on Usher Raymond V, saying that he’s doing “fine,” and “currently in stable condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite and is being held for observation.”
The incident happened two days ago when the young boy’s arm got stuck in a pool drain while he was underwater trying to retrieve a toy. His aunt and a housekeeper unsuccessfully tried to free him before contractors working in the house got him out of the pool and performed CPR on him.
Earlier today, Foster filed paperwork requesting an emergency custody hearing in the wake of the pool accident that will take place in Atlanta on Friday. Foster is asking a Georgia judge to immediately award her temporary custody of all her minor children currently under Usher’s care, including their other son together, 4-year-old Naviyd.
This comes just a year after Usher’s late stepson, Kile Glover (Foster’s biological son), died after being struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.
by Bruna Nessif