June 04, 2019
A dramatic surveillance video shows a little girl nearly-drowning in a pool before her older sister and a nearby police officer rescue her.
Kali Dallis, 3, was swimming in her Chamblee apartment complex pool on May 15 when her floater caused her to flip underwater.
The video catches her 10-year-old sister Jayla racing to her when she realizes she was drowning, and quickly tried to get her out of the pool.
After the entire incident, Jayla spoke to WSB-TV 2's Michael Seiden about the traumatic experience that could have easily ended her sister's life.
"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."
Meanwhile, Chamblee Police Sgt. Ed Lyons shares that he was nearby when he received a 911 call from a concerned neighbor. When responding to the call, he could not help but think that it was his own daughter that he was racing to help.
"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."
At the time, Kali remained in critical condition, and it stayed this way for two weeks. The toddler was hooked up to a ventilator that helped her get back to breathing normally. Now that she's back home, she is back to being the lively toddler that she once was.
According to her mom, Daneshia Dallis, it is a miracle that her daughter is still with them now. She also urged parents not to rely on floaters, because not all of them are safe to use.
"It's amazing. It's a miracle. Don't take your eyes off of them. All the floats are not safe. Be careful. Watch your kids," she warned.
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