A tragedy was averted recently thanks to an unlikely hero stepping up to save the day, keeping her cool in a time of crisis.
In late June, Andee Ott was at home in St. George, Utah, when suddenly she discovered something horrifying: her 1-year-old daughter Blake had fallen into the pool. She was found facedown and not breathing.
“All of her color was a blue tinge and her lip color … she wasn’t breathing at all and there was just no life to her,” Andee told KTVR.
Andee was in distress, and as she started to do chest compressions she realized she would need help.
“I knew I couldn’t lay her down in the backyard because I felt no one was going to hear me, and so I ran through the house and I just started screaming to Dylann,” Andee said.
Dylann is her 7-year-old daughter. Despite her young age, Dylann is quite responsible and told her mother she wanted to learn how to be a mom—surprisingly she kept calm throughout the crisis.
“It’s so hard to think I put so much pressure on my 7-year-old, but she was amazing,” Andee said. “I told her the phone was inside somewhere. I didn’t know where, I couldn’t think, and I just had to start working on my baby.”
The 7-year-old got on the phone and talked with the police dispatcher.
“Our baby fell in the pool, and we can’t get her back alive,” Dylann said. “She’s 1-years-old.”
With Dylann handling the 911 call, Andee was able to focus on resuscitating her baby. She worked with what she remembered from learning CPR as a teen.
“I remember hearing Dylann say that on the phone,” Andee told Inside Edition. “I just kept going.”
“She was just really calm and I was not.”
Paramedics arrived and airlifted Blake to a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City—she has since made a full recovery, returning home about a week later.
“She is just totally unscathed by this,” the mom said.
Her older daughter was doing well and surely impressed her family.
“Dylann was just the perfect assistant,” she said. “She has always been very mature and helpful. I knew I could rely on her.”