A Texas woman owes her life to her incredibly brave, quick-thinking and capable daughter after she had a seizure in the pool – and her little girl jumped in to save her.
Tracy Anderwald was swimming in her backyard pool in Taft, Texas March 18 with her five-year-old daughter when she suffered a seizure in the middle of the pool.
Security cameras in the home captured what happened next, as young Allison, who was at the edge of the pool at the time, dived in to her mom’s rescue as her unmoving body began to sink to the bottom of the pool.
The little girl struggles to handle the weight of her mother, but manages to slowly pull her out of the deep end and towards the stairs in the shallow end of the pool.
It’s a distance of no more than 10 feet, seemingly inconsequential when walking on land, but a herculean task for a little girl pulling a fully grown woman through the water.
Once there, Allison rolled her mother over, pulled her head and face above the water, then ran inside to get help.
“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,” Tedra Hunt, one of Anderwald’s sisters who ran to help her, told KRIS-TV.
“And so, it’s a miracle.”
Anderwald says her next memory was waking up in hospital and learning that she owed her life to her young daughter.
She says Allison is a strong swimmer who has been swimming since she was two. She joked that a future career as a lifeguard may be in order.
“I know, I think I see some potential there,” Anderwald said.