Finding a child unresponsive is one of the worst things that a parent can imagine. For one Utah family, that's exactly what happened. Their worst nightmare was realized when their 1-year-old daughter, Blake, was discovered face down in the pool, but thanks to her 7-year-old sister, tragedy was avoided.
Dylann Ott was outside playing in the yard when she heard the commotion, and quickly noticed her sister was in the pool. The mother of the girls, Andee Ott, quickly pulled the tot out of the pool and began CPR, while Dylann grabbed her mom's cell phone and dialed 9-1-1. She calmly told dispatchers that the "baby had fallen in the pool and we can't get her back alive," while her mother tried everything she could to resuscitate Blake. According to her, Blake was blue and not breathing when she was rescued from the water, completely devoid of any signs of life. Despite the tense situation, Dylann kept her head and took charge.
Andee was amazed at her eldest daughter's poised attitude while they waited for paramedics to come. In the meantime, the CPR had worked. Baby Blake was breathing by the time emergency services arrived. She was flown to Primary Children's Hospital, where she was checked over by medical staff, who told the family how lucky she was. She was home and doing well in just a few short days.
The mother-of-two was quick to share the story not only to praise Dylann but to spread awareness about the importance of learning CPR. If she hadn't have learned the lifesaving skills when she was a teenager at camp, then her child may not have been so lucky.
Just last month Olympian athlete Bode Miller and his wife Morgan lost their 19-month-old daughter in a similar situation. The toddler was found in a pool during a celebration in Orange County, and despite the best efforts of everyone involved couldn't be revived.
CPR courses are often free to attend and held locally. It could be the difference between life and death.
We are so thankful that Andee was able to save the life of her daughter, and that her eldest was able to keep calm and get help for her baby sister.