12-Year-Old Girl With Down Syndrome Saves Baby Sister From Drowning

A home swimming pool can be a saving grace during the hot days of summer, but also a place of tragedy. Thankfully this story has a happy ending, thanks to a 12-year-old girl who rescued her drowning sister.


Accidents like this can happen fast.

Carin Richardson is being praised for her quick thinking and heroic actions that saved her 3-year-old sister, Jac’Lynn. After a family dip in the pool, everyone headed back into the house except for Carin. After all, what 12-year-old wouldn’t want a little extra time to splash around? While no one batted an eye as Carin left the house, they also didn’t see little Jac’Lynn sneak out.

"Jac'Lynn got out and followed behind and attempted to get in her swim tube in the pool and went through to the bottom," Tomarra Richardson, Carin and Jac’Lynn’s mother, told ABC 12 News. Without hesitation, Carin jumped into the pool to save her younger sister before bringing her to safety. Luckily Jac’Lynn was unharmed and given a clean bill of health after a trip to the emergency room. 

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Tomarra can’t thank her daughter Carin enough for her swift actions that kept tragedy from occurring. In fact, they are very surprised she was able to act so fast, considering Carin has Down syndrome. "People with Down's, I mean, they're not always the fastest reactors," said Tomarra. The Kids Health organization mentions while children with Down syndrome might have difficulties taking care of themselves and learning, they’re still capable of living a normal life. Never count anyone out -- they just might surprise you!

I’m so happy nothing bad happened to Jac’Lynn, as accidental drowning happens daily. Kids ages 1 to 4 in particular have the highest drowning rates that should make swim and pool safety nonnegotiable. Sure this 3-year-old snuck out the house on her own (believe it or not, it happens), but a few more safety precautions — like a pool gate and alarm — can be the difference between rescuing a child and having the unthinkable occur because no one noticed. Thankfully it appears the Richardson family has taken a few extra precautions that will hopefully prevent something like this from happening again.


Image via WTVR 6 News



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