A Texas grandfather said he’ll never forget the moment his 6-year-old granddaughter drowned and was brought back to life, just in the nick of time.
“I’ll never get that vision out of my head,” said Jim Green, of San Antonio.
The family said the 6-year-old girl is a strong swimmer, but somehow lost consciousness one afternoon when holding her breath for too long at the bottom of a pool.
“No pulse, no heartbeat,” Green said.
They contacted authorities, who captured the entire scene on body cam, while family members began CPR.
“When we got there, it was absolutely a dire situation,” San Antonio police officer Robert Mount said.
His colleague, Richard Gonzales added, “Your heart just sinks when you hear the call for a drowning come out and you just hope you're close enough to be able to make a difference in the person affected by this.”
Fortunately, Gonzales is a former EMT and was able to clear her airway and get her to start breathing again.
“If somebody did not start CPR prior to us getting there, this could have been a completely different outcome,” Gonzales said.
They rushed the girl to North Central Baptist Hospital, where she was hospitalized for five days before making a full recovery and returning home.
The family is now taking the opportunity to encourage everyone to get CPR training.
“This truly was a miracle that I’m sitting here talking to you about my granddaughter who was dead on August 18 at about 2:30 in the afternoon and then brought back to life by amazing people,” Green said.