Mother’s CPR saves toddler

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ENID, Okla. -- A toddler falls into her grandparents' pool in Enid without her floaties.

A mother frantic and scared she would have to plan her 3-year-old's funeral this summer, so she took action, determined not to have tragedy strike her family.

Armed with determination and prayer, the mother says she pulled her 3-year-old from the pool and began CPR, hoping it would be enough to bring her child back to consciousness.

Britton Carlie, B for short, loves the pool.

"B is a bit adventurous and had gotten in trouble multiple times this week for trying to get into the swimming pool without her floatie on," Amanda Carlile, B's mom said.

For this mother of four, things can get hectic. But she had extra eyes on this little one considering her track record.

"I always wear my floatie!" B said.

'Always,' except this day.

"I fell in the pool," B says.

"She got out of the swimming pool and said she had to go to the bathroom, and on the way to the bathroom, had an accident," Carlile said.

Mom stayed inside cleaning, and B went outside with grandma.

"I watched her walk out and I watch them acknowledge each other so I knew that she was there," Carlile says.

Grandma was watching and Mom thought they were okay, until she stepped out on the porch and saw B in the pool.

"The only thing that was above the surface was her bottom, everything else was completely under," Carlile remembers.

There was silence.

" I pulled her out and screamed for my mother-in-law to call 911 and I just started praying and yelling help and she was gray and her lips were purple and her eyes were open but the lights weren't on," Carlile says.

B was unconscious.

"I didn't instantly think CPR because I was a mother frantic. I screamed 'what do I do' and my mother-in-law said push. She doesn't know CPR, but she said push and then it kind of clicked...oh yeah three weeks ago I just took a class," Carlile said.

So she began chest compressions.

"As I laid her on the ground, I just thought 'this can't be our story, I will not be the mom who buries her baby and lived to tell about it,' that's all I could think was this can't be us this can't be our story," Carlile said.

She moved B to get her to a safer place as the sirens got closer.

"I did chest compressions again, she threw up I rolled her to her side she blinked just as they stepped onto the patio," Carlile says.

Firefighters praised her for knowing CPR.

"I wish there was just a way to shout it so every person could hear, every parent every grandparent just hear, but it's so necessary. You got to do it, she would not be here, we  would not be happy, we wouldn't be a family of six and we are a family of six...we are supposed to be a family of six and we're still a family of six, I'm so glad we took it," Carlile says.

B did have to spend one night in the hospital with a small amount of water in her lungs.

She has made a full recovery and is back enjoying the water with her floaties on and going to swim lessons.

 

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