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Columbus Grandmother Saves Toddler from Drowning

COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A Marysville grandmother saved her 16 month-old granddaughter from drowning after the girl fell into a family pool.

When thinking about little Mallory, Carla Rees gets emotional. The toddler was in her playroom inside their Danville Ave. house on Friday morning when she disappeared.

Moments later, Rees noticed that the screen door to the back yard was open and saw Mallory in the water.

"I seen her floating face-down in the pool," Rees said.

The grandmother didn't think twice before jumping in to save her the little girl. Rees pulled her granddaughter to the deck and gave her CPR.

"I flipped her over and put her on her back, gave her two breaths, and just started chest compressions on her," Rees said.
  
In a panic, Rees called 911. Eventually, Mallory started breathing, and showed signs of life.

"I just kept praying, 'Dear God, dear God. Please Jesus. Bring her back. Bring her back."
  
After three to five frantic minutes, Mallory pulled through. She was taken to Memorial Hospital of Union County, and eventually, Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Rees is a nurse at Memorial and says, in this case, her background may have made the difference.

Rees told ABC 6/FOX 28 Mallory is now doing fine. She urges people to learn from this accident and sign up for a CPR class.
 
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