Video: Georgia Girl, 10, Rescues Toddler Sister from Drowning in Pool
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.
It took seconds for a green inner tube meant to hold 3-year-old Kali Dallis above water to flip on its side, plunging the girl headfirst into the pool at her Chamblee apartment complex.— NEI News (@news_NEI) May 31, 2019
Kali had jumped into the shallow end with the... https://t.co/DLtCfn0EgM
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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."
The Dallis Family! Jayla and Kali Dallis https://t.co/pJ6zi7CdG8— MUMBLES of Wakanda Police Dept (@shiftintomanic) June 3, 2019
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."
GRATEFUL: Kali Dallis, 3, was in the pool at her Chamblee apartment complex on May 15 when she nearly drowned. She’s now back to being a vivacious toddler. In fact, doctors anticipate she’ll make a full recovery. After the game , meet the heroes who saved her life. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/LS85xWHcbE— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) May 31, 2019
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.
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
"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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