12-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Heroically Rescues Sister from Drowning

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May 9, 2016 Updated: December 4, 2017

Carin Richardson, a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome from Michigan, is being called a hero after she saved her younger sister from drowning in a pool.

Her sister, 3-year-old Jac’Lynn, slipped and fell into the pool without anyone noticing.

And that’s when Carin grabbed a pair of swim goggles and dove in the pool to grab her sister.

The mother, Tomarra Richardson, explained what happened to ABC:

“Without panic or fear, Carin grabbed her goggles, got in the water and pulled her sister out of the pool and into the house,” she said.

“She was our hero, she saved her sister’s life.”

Krystal Bishop, the eldest sister, called 911. She said her sister was quite brave:

“Carin definitely reacted really fast. I mean, she wasn’t really scared at all.”

Richardson her daughter’s Down syndrome didn’t get in the way:

“People with Down’s, I mean, they’re not always the fastest reactors.”

“She is our hero and Jac’Lynn is our little miracle baby.”

When Carin was interviewed by ABC, she was asked if she was scared.

Carin simply said, “No.”

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