Toddler, grandmother recover from near drowning in man-made lake

Toddler, grandmother recover from near drowning in man-made lake

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -

A grandmother nearly drowned after she jumped into a man-made lake trying to save her 3-year old granddaughter who had fallen into the water.

Both are recovering and are expected to be okay, but we spoke to the little girl's mother about the ordeal.

There are lots of little lakes in this neighborhood, near 107th Avenue and McDowell. Not deep, but slippery, and the sides can be steep.

If you fall in, it can be hard to get out. This little lake very nearly claimed two lives.

3-year-old Hamanssha Chopra is having fun with the other kids in the Chopra house today. It's hard to believe a couple days ago she almost lost her life. She'd gone out for a daily walk on Saturday with Manju, her grandmother. Somehow they fell in the water and couldn't get out.

"I went in the back and I saw something was happening at the corner of the lake. I saw a man in a blue t-shirt and red t-shirt half in water and half out of the water and I was wondering what they were doing inside the lake," says Archane Chopra.

Neighbors heard a commotion and rushed over. They pulled Hamanssha and her grandma out of the water. The little girl was ok, but Manju very nearly didn't make it.

Paramedics pumped her chest as they loaded her into the ambulance.

"My heart was sinking seeing my own child and my mom there. I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams that this could have happened to my family," says Archane.

Hamanssha's beloved grandmother pulled through, and the family is filled with gratitude.

"We are so very thankful to him, he was God's angel for us."

Manju, the grandma, will be out of the hospital in a few days.

That neighbor who helped out did not want to go on camera. He was inside the house vacuuming when this happened.

His mother in law was outside, heard the screams, and told him. It's a good thing these neighbors look out for one another.

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