I have a 5-year-old. She weighs a third of what I do, so it's hard to imagine that she'd have the strength to pull me out of the water if I was drowning. Yet that's just what 5-year-old Texas girl Allison Anderwald did when her mom Tracy suffered a seizure in their family swimming pool.
The moment Tracy went limp and was left floating in the middle of the pool was caught on surveillance tape, as is Allison's heroic rescue effort. It's a video you have to see to believe.
First, the little girl dives into the pool from where she was sitting on the side. Then she pulls her mom from the middle of the pool to the steps in the shallow end, even though it takes several tries. Once Allison successfully pulls her mom to the stairs, she turns Tracy over so her face is out of the water and runs inside for help.
Aunt Tedra Hunt recounts how, when she ran outside to help that day, she couldn't believe what Allison had done to save her mom. "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...Allison was able to do that on her own. And so, it's a miracle," she says.
Tracy is now recovering in the hospital, and says she doesn't remember what happened, but knows she has her daughter to thank for being alive.
I honestly have chills. Because it's amazing what this little girl did to rescue her mom. I can only hope my daughter would be as quick thinking if I needed help.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.