Very often, we read news about heroic acts of adults and animals saving children from drowning. Today, we share about an amazing heroic act, where a five year old girl from Texas, USA rescued her mother from drowning in their family swimming pool.
The entire heroic incident was captured on the family’s surveillance camera. Watch the video below!
Tracy Anderwald and her five year old daughter Allison were just enjoying their favourite activity of swimming to celebrate the end of spring break.
Then, something went wrong. Tracy had suffered from a seizure and blacked out, sinking four feet to the bottom of the swimming pool.
“I don’t know what happened but I went into a seizure and when I did I dropped to the bottom of the pool and went completely unconscious,” Tracy said.
Tracy then began to drown and was motionless for five minutes. Noticing that her mother was not above the water, Allison, who was sitting at the edge of the pool, dove into the water at once. She pulled her mother to the shallow end of the pool and turned her over so that her head was not in the water. It took her several tries, but Allison managed to keep her mother’s head above water before rushing indoors to get help.
Allison came running and said, “Something’s wrong with mommy,” narrated Tedra Hunt, Allison’s aunt and Tracy’s sister. Allison’s sisters and Tedra came rushing to get Tracy out of the swimming pool.
“She was really heavy, and I could only get the top part of her out, and then her other daughters ran over and helped me get her out, and so, Allison was able to do that on her own. And so, it’s a miracle,” Hunt described the situation.
Allison has been swimming since she was two and a half, and it’s amazing how her water safety awareness has helped in emergency situations like that. Perhaps she could be a lifeguard in the future!
“I know. I think I see some potential there,” her mother Tracy said.
Allison did not say much about her heroic deed. As any little girl would, she only wanted to be in her mother’s arms.
Doctors did not know why Tracy had a seizure but had she been underwater for just a minute longer, she wouldn’t have survived.
“Allison immediately went and rescued her mom,” Hunt said. “This is a miracle. This is a miracle that she’s alive.”
“Hands down, I feel like she saved my life,” Tracy said. “It could have been a lot worse than what it was.”
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