This story had so much pick-up on AmP twitter yesterday that I had to share it with the blog community as well – the story was sent to me by an AmP reader who knows the family well:
One Wilbraham family very nearly lost a toddler who fell in the pool, nearly drowned, and had to be revived.
It was a birthday pool party this family will never forget. Lianne Azevedo had 25 or 30 guests at her Bittersweet Lane home in Wilbraham Wednesday afternoon, when the joy turned to terror.
Azevedo told 22News she couldn’t believe what she saw when her 12 year old daughter Sophia came up to her in the back yard. “And I turned, and she was holding my grand-baby. Limp and blue.”
Certified in first aid, Lianne knew what to do almost instinctively.
“I put him on the ground, and I began CPR. And then he began to gurgle. And when he finally began to gurgle, I rolled him over, tried to get the water out of his lungs,” Azevedo said.
This rescue was a family effort. Lianne’s 12 year old daughter Sophia spotted the baby in the water after she was alerted by her 10 year old niece, Annie, who has Downs Syndrome. —WWLP
The AmP reader who sent in the story commented to me:
We know that 9 in 10 mothers who find that their child has Downs Syndrome choose to abort their children, but if they just knew how much of a blessing these children are, they would choose differently. If Annie Walsh wasn’t there, it is possible that the two year old toddler wouldn’t have been rescued in time.