11-Year-Old Girl Pulls Woman from Bottom of Pool, Saves Her Life

| by Lina Batarags

An 11-year-old girl’s quick thinking saved a woman from drowning in a Florida swimming pool.

An eyewitness at the Cape Shores condominiums said that Kathy McElmurray had been floating on a noodle in the deep end of the pool when she fell into the water and started drowning.

Maya DiGiacomo was playing in the shallow end of the swimming pool when others alerted her that someone was at the bottom of the swimming pool.

Oddly enough, not a single other person in the pool’s vicinity that day could swim.

Fortunately, the girl reacted quickly, swimming over to the deep end of the pool, diving underwater, and grabbing the motionless Kathy by her arm. Once she had pulled the woman to the surface, Maya dragged Kathy to the edge of the swimming pool, where others were able to pull her out of the water.

Kathy was admitted to a local hospital. When she woke up, she had no memory of the incident; it appears that she blacked out moments before falling into the pool.

Kathy has made a full recovery since the incident. Both she and her husband have expressed deep gratitude towards Maya.

“They said it was a miracle, so I believe it is,” Kathy said. “It wasn’t my time to go. My kids said I have nine lives. But I don’t know.”

Maya, for her part, has been formally recognized by the city of Cape Canaveral for her heroic deeds. Mayor Rocky Randels presented her with a signed proclamation and a “life-saving award.”

The young girl has reacted to the praise humbly, stated that “people are really light in the water, so it was really, really easy.”


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