A birthday party nearly ended in tragedy when an 18-month-old baby almost drowned to death.
But the birthday turned out to be one to celebrate — when Lexie, who is 9 years old and has cerebral palsy, became a true hero.
“I hugged her, I cried and I still thank her every day,” Lexie’s mom says.
In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, a family was getting ready to celebrate 9-year-old Lexie’s birthday.
But Lexie, who has cerebral palsy, didn’t know that the day would be one that her family will never forget.
Lexie’s mom was upstairs. Lexie and her little brother, who was taking a nap, were in the living room. And their grandmother was in the kitchen and keeping an eye on them.
”Never heard her scream like that”
Somehow, the 18-month-old baby managed to get outside into the backyard and fall into the family’s pool.
Lexie, who uses a wheelchair to get around, saw it all — and alerted her mom and grandma by screaming as loudly as she could while gesturing toward the pool.
“All of the sudden, I’m upstairs and I hear her screaming like bloody murder. We’ve never heard her scream like that,” Lexie’s mom Kelly Jackson told CTV News.
”Hugged her and cried”
Kelly Jackson and her mother rescued the boy who, after coughing up water and being checked at the hospital, turned out to be fine.
Maybe it wasn’t the birthday that Lexie had counted on, but she gave her family an unforgettable gift.
“I hugged her, I cried and I still thank her every day. Because honestly, in that matter, two seconds makes a huge difference,” Lexie’s mom says.
Lexie was celebrated for her heroism. She received a medal from the police department and will be honored at her local city hall.
Watch a video about Lexies’ heroic act here:
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