Grandmother saves granddaughter's life after near drowning

Grandmother saves granddaughter's life after near drowning

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PALM COAST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Palm Coast grandmother is crediting a 911 operator, along with her strong faith in God, for saving her 2-year-old granddaughter's life after the toddler nearly drowned on Saturday.
 
"She had no life in her whatsoever, none whatsoever," said Alicia Bailey, the victim's grandmother.
 
Fennell says she was watching 2-year-old Kelis Bailey and her 8-year-old cousin out by the pool of her Palm Coast home, when the phone rang.

"It happened so fast, I mean it was just seconds, I mean I just turned my head to answer the phone," Fennell said.
 
The 2-year-old slipped into the pool  -- Fennell estimates she was under water for about 10 seconds, her 8-year-old cousin discovered little Kelis floating in the water unresponsive and jumped into action.
 
"I jumped in and grabbed her, and I gave her to my grandma," said Leontashia Leggete, the victim's cousin.
 
"She grabbed the baby, she ran to me with the baby, I ran in the house and immediately started doing CPR and I told her to call 911," Fennell said.
 
CALLER: No she's not breathing ma'am
911 OPERATOR: She's not breathing?
CALLER: No ma'am
911 OPERATOR: Okay listen, clean her mouth out then
 
"She asked me if I knew CPR I told her no, but she walked me through it and I thank God for it," Fennell said.
 
911 OPERATOR: Pinch her nose, pinch her nose and with the other hand you're going to lift her chin and gently tilt her head back.
CALLER: Okay
911 OPERATOR: And then you want to cover her mouth with yours and give two deep breaths
 
After nearly four and half minutes of mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest compressions with help from the 911 operator, little Kelis began to cough and then started breathing.
 
"My God and that receptionist, is the one who saved my baby's life, that's my miracle baby," Fennell said.
 
Kelis was taken to the hospital but was released on Sunday, her grandma says she'll re-unite with that 911 operator on Tuesday.

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