‘Total Miracle’: 6-Year-Old Saves Toddler Cousins From Drowning in Pool

April 24, 2019 Updated: April 24, 2019

A family in Calhoun, Louisiana,  said when their 2-year-old twins were rescued from drowning by their 6-year-old cousin.

Branson Lee, 6, was visiting his aunt and uncle, Jeannie and Steven Kelley, at their home when he found his cousins floating face down in the pool.

The Kelley family had apparently left the door to the pool unlocked, allowing the twin toddlers to get inside.

Quick thinking kid saves the day.

Posted by The News-Star on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jeannie and her sister, Courtney Lee, Branson’s mother, thought the boys were watching a children’s show on Netflix, according to The News-Star. They were only gone for a few minutes

That’s when the twins, Kaden and Isaac Kelley, ended up going to the pool.

“He went to the restroom and when he came back he noticed his own little brother was on the first step of the pool,” Jeannie, 32, told ABC News. “He saw that and went after him and when he did that he saw my boys in the pool.”

Then, Branson, the 6-year-old, saw the twins in the pool. He was able to get them out of the water before he began screaming, according to the report.

6-year-old Louisiana boy saves his 21-month-old twin cousins from drowning after he saw them floating in the pool. "…

Posted by ABC News on Thursday, August 24, 2017

“We ran out there and they were laying on the side of the pool and were completely blue and completely lifeless,” ABC quoted Jeanine as saying. “My husband immediately fell down to his knees and started doing compressions and CPR. He is a first responder.”

“He said he just dove in,” Courtney told the newspaper of her son’s actions. “All he knew is he had to try to save them … It was a miraculous thing to know that at 6 years old, he didn’t just scream and run away. He didn’t just ignore it or stand there in shock. He just immediately acted and allowed God to do the rest.”

She added that Branson gave the twins CPR while yelling for help. According to the News-Star, he saw his mother performing CPR two years ago and recalled what to do.

JWhen Jeannie found the twins, she feared that they had passed away

“They were completely gone,” Jeannie told The News-Star. “There was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing.”

The twin’s father, Steven, took over CPR while paramedics were called.

Steven was giving chest compressions for 30 seconds before one started to show signs of life. After a minute, Isaac began to breathe.

The boys were apparently fine after that. “The next morning, they were just like nothing had ever happened,” their mother added to News-Star. “They were wanting to play, and they pulled their IVs out. They took their oxygen off themselves.”

Jeannie said that their survival and the boys’ complete recovery was a  “total miracle.” According to ABC, she was praying the whole time.

Doctors told the family that the twins’ recovery was very rare, and that in the best case scenario, they would be preparing the family for brain death.

“The doctors were just astounded. This is just a miracle. I’m so overwhelmed that God was so good to us,” she said.

The little boy acted fast. When he saw his cousins floating face-down, he pulled them out of the pool and yelled for help…

Posted by Fox 8 News on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Meanwhile, Jeanine said that her family always locks the pool area.

She told ABC: “They’re supposed to lock the baby gate behind them. They left the baby gate unlocked and the babies were able to gain access outside because the baby gate was left unlocked.”

“It was so amazing how everything came together, because if one thing had changed — other than the door being locked like it should have — if anything had changed, who knows what the outcome would have been. Everything just lined up perfect. Everyone just had their place whether they were praying or alerting us. It was amazing,” she also told USA Today.

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