A 3-year-old Atlanta girl is alive and well today thanks to the quick thinking and action of her 10-year-old sister. Jayla Dallis is being hailed as a hero after a video showing the 10-year-old rescuing her 3-year-old sister Kali from drowning in their apartment complex pool has surfaced.
On May 15th the two sisters were enjoying a hot day swimming in the Savoy Apartment Complex in Chamblee, Georgia when surveillance cameras captured little Kali walking down the steps into the pool with an inflatable ring around her waist. The cameras capture Kali almost instantly being flipped over in the pool and being trapped underwater by the inflatable ring. The toddler is then seen struggling to remain above the water before her sister Jayla, who had been playing in the other end of the pool, notices her sister.
Kali was submerged under water for almost two minutes before Jayla noticed and immediately ran to help. Jayla explained to WSB that she had some struggles getting her sister out of the pool. "She was like heavy, so I had to pull her by her hair and then I grabbed her by her waist and pulled her up," she explained. Kali's aunt and a manager at the apartment complex took turns performing CPR on the toddler while they waited for emergency services to arrive.
A surveillance video shows 3-year-old Kali Dallis nearly drowning in an apartment pool before her older sister, Jayla Dallis, and a nearby police officer saved her life. Now, her mother is sending an urgent message about pool safety. https://t.co/Qby1SZpC1n pic.twitter.com/hccUKZneTV— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 3, 2019
Chamblee police Sgt. Ed Lyons, who ran to help the young girl as she lay on the pool deck, explained that having a 6-year-old daughter himself made this particular accident hit very close to home for him. "I saw my little girl laying there. Same kind of little bathing suit she wears, same little hair pulled up in a little bun up top. You know, you kind of have to push past that and do what you're trained to do," said Lyons.
Despite receiving a grave diagnosis when Kali was first admitted to the hospital in critical condition, the three-year-old has seemed to make a full recovery and should be heading home this week. Jayla and Kali's mother had some words of advice for all parents and caregivers now that the warm weather is here and kids are going to be around water.
“It’s amazing. It’s a miracle. Don’t take your eyes off of them. Don’t take your eyes off of them. All the floats are not safe. Be careful. Watch your kids,” Kali’s mother said.
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