Laura Forrester thought she had taken all the appropriate safety precautions necessary to keep her children safe around the family pool. She installed a safety fence and had alarms installed on the doors that would sound if they were opened, but still her 2-year-old daughter Andie managed to find herself inside the pool area where she decided to jump in. Fortunately for Andie, her four-year-old brother Gray was there to save the day.
Forrester spoke about the scary incident to local news station WBIR, explaining that it really did happen so quickly. “Andie walked up and said, 'I falled in the pool! I falled in the pool!' She was soaking wet and I looked at Gray and he was soaking wet and I just panicked,” Forrester told the news station. “I flash forward so many times on how it happened so fast cause they had just been with me not even five minutes ago.“
Young Gray, who has since turned five years old, explained that once they were inside the pool enclosure Andie just jumped in. “She was doggy paddling like this. I grabbed her tummy. I was trying to lift her so she could breathe,” he explained. When asked by her mother who got her out of the pool, little Andie responded saying, “Gray, he saved me.”
”I think in that moment for a 4-year-old to be able to react like that is a God thing.” -Knoxville mom Laura Forrester. https://t.co/rZNgR89gEu— Abby Ham (@WBIRAbby) October 15, 2019
Laura explained that the accident prompted her to enroll Abby in local swimming classes. “It's a 6-week course you go Monday through Thursday every day for six weeks for ten minutes and by the end of it, they can save themselves,” she explained.
Laura wants other parents to know that it can happen to them and she encourages all parents to sign their children up for swimming lessons. ”If people hear this story and they live close to the water, the lake or a pool or whatever, that they will consider signing up for this class because no matter what precautions you take, it can still happen. And I hope that maybe it could save somebody else’s life,” she said.
While definitely a scary and eye-opening experience, Laurea is thankful for her own little hero with Gray and thinks there may have been a bit of divine intervention that day. ”Gray is a hero. I think in that moment for a 4-year-old to be able to react like that is a God thing. I think God was with Andie and Gray that day. It's the only thing that makes sense because it was so remarkable,” said told the news station.