Two brothers pulled unconscious from the bottom of their backyard pool have died.
Michael Porter, two, and Josh Porter, one, were found in the water at their home in Morayfield, Queensland on 25 March.
Paramedics frantically performed CPR before racing them to hospital.
The youngsters – described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘full of energy’ – died in the days afterwards.
Michael Porter, two, and Josh Porter, one, (pictured together in a photo released by a family friend) were found in the water at their home in Morayfield, Queensland on 25 March
The tragedy came after the boys’ parents Joe and Carmen (pictured) lost their daughter who died at 16 weeks old
This is the swimming pool in Morayfield where the toddlers drowned on Tuesday 25 March
The tragedy came after the boys’ parents Joe and Carmen lost their daughter who died at 16 weeks old.
The South African couple announced the death of their boys on Wednesday.
They wrote in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we advise that our boys are no longer with us.’
‘Our family is incredibly grateful for the support and care provided by staff of the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
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‘We ask the media to please respect our family’s privacy at this sad time.
‘We will not be providing any further comment.’
Neighbour Garry Bryan described the brothers as ‘beautiful little boys’.
He told The Courier-Mail that Michael was ‘full of energy’ and ‘was always out wanting to help dad mow the lawn.’
Devastated friends had set up a GoFund me page for the boys which had raised $10,000 for their care.
Paramedic gear is seen sitting next to the pool where the children were found under water
The two children, a two-year-old and a 16-month-old, were believed to be found at the bottom of the Michael Avenue residence’s (pictured) pool
It read: ‘Carmen and Jo are beautiful parents and need all of our love and support at this horrible time. Michael and Josh are in all of our thoughts and prayers.’
The oldest boy Michael died three days after the accident and his life support was turned off at 11am the next day.
Family friend Sharon Landman wrote on Facebook on 28 March: ‘Little Michael has lost his battle, while Josh continues to fight.
‘Our hearts and prayers are with you in this terribly sad time. Don’t lose faith!! Family and friends, please keep praying for Josh.’
Josh died sometime afterwards.
Joe and Carmen were prominent members of the South African community in Queensland.
Members of the Facebook group Afrikaanse Klub Australia offered support and asked others to pray for the family.
Paramedics were called to the Michael Avenue property at around 4.30pm on Monday
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