9-Year-Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy Saves Baby Brother From Drowning

"In two seconds a life can change and we are just thankful that Lexie was so quick to alert us."

Everyone deserves to be the center of attention on their birthday. But, for Lexie Comeau-Drisdelle of Halifax, Nova Scotia, her ninth birthday also marked the day she became a local hero.

Lexie, who was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk and talk, was able to save her 1-year-old baby brother, Leeland, from drowning in the family pool. While the entire family was distracted by party preparations, Lexie was keeping an eye on her brother, as always, and recognized the impending danger when Leeland escaped into the backyard and jumped into the pool.

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Despite the fact that Lexie's condition prevented her from running after her brother on her own, she screamed the loudest scream she could muster to alert the surrounding adults of the events unfolding outside.

"I was upstairs changing for the party, her dad was picking up her older brother, and my mom was in the kitchen, when suddenly I just heard Lexie screaming," Kelly Jackson, Lexie's mother, told CNN. "I panicked and immediately thought, 'Oh no, she must have fallen off her chair.'"

Lexie's grandmother — Jackson's mother — immediately ran toward the screaming girl, only to realize that Leeland was missing. Lexie, of course,  kept screaming and pointing at the door that leads to the pool.

"When my mom told me what was going on, I quickly looked out the window and there, at the edge of the pool, I saw his little head," Jackson added. "I began to panic, and my mom quickly ran towards him and pulled him out."

Lexie's family rushed Leeland into the house and called an emergency hotline, which guided through the resuscitation procedure. Ultimately, Lexie's mother and grandmother were able to revive Leeland and get him in stable condition before transporting him to the hospital.

"At that moment, it was so scary," Jackson explained. "We thought it was not going to end well, we hugged him a million times. In two seconds a life can change and we are just thankful that Lexie was so quick to alert us."

While the incident happened on May 5, the Halifax Regional Council recognized Lexie's heroism on Wednesday July 4.  As Halifax Mayor Mike Savage tweeted, "Heroes come in all sizes. It was a real pleasure to recognize young Lexie for alerting her mom when her toddler brother made a dash for the pool." 

Jackson noted that she wants to advocate for those with disabilities, as her daughter clearly demonstrates that one's inability to move or speak doesn't mean they're oblivious to the world around them.

"Some people think that because they have a disability, they are not able to do things, but if she could walk, she would have grabbed him and he would have never gone out there. Her disability is all physical. She is a very bright girl."

Jackson added: "I thank her everyday for always keeping an eye on Leeland." 

Cover image via Sarahbean / Shutterstock

(H/T: CNN)

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