Grandmother saves drowning 2-year-old with CPR

Grandmother saves drowning 2-year-old with CPR (Image 1)

A Rutherford County mother is counting her blessings after her two-year-old son survived a near drowning in the family's backyard pool.

Faith Williams told Nashville's News 2 she was at her mother's backyard pool on Southridge Boulevard Sunday afternoon picking up floats when she stopped to assist her son Phoenix, 2, out of the pool.

Soon after she continued to pick up the rest of the pool toys when she spotted her son's lifeless body floating.

Williams quickly pulled Phoenix out of the water and her mother, Cari Williams, a caretaker for the elderly, began doing chest compressions until he coughed up water.

“I turned and I was like, there's a blue toy, so I just grabbed it, and when I pulled up, I grabbed the baby! I pulled up my baby and I immediately set him off on the side of the pool and yelled for his grandmother,” Faith Williams said.

“It felt like forever to me because I counted at least five compressions, four breaths and then I did it at lease repeatedly like three times before he was breathing,” Cari Williams, explained.

The toddler was alert and crying when he arrived at Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The near-drowning is the second in as many days.

On Saturday, a four-year-old was saved from a backyard swimming pool in Belle Meade. Family members were able to pull the child out and start CPR.

Phoenix was released from the hospital on Monday.

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