Stranger saves 4-year-old who nearly drowned

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - The woman who performed CPR on a 4-year-old girl who had fallen to the bottom of a neighborhood pool says she was just in the right place at the right time.

When no one was looking, the girl, named Clarke, fell into the Cedar Grove Village pool in south Fulton County on Saturday. She was near the bottom when a family friend spotted her and lifted her out.

Andrea Meadows happened to be at the pool with her son.

“She had foam coming out of her mouth, out her nose. Her eyes were rolled to the back of her head. She was not breathing,” Meadows said.

Clarke’s teenage brother had tried to resuscitate her unsuccessfully, causing Meadows to step in to help.

Meadows said she panicked, but nothing was more important to her than saving the girl’s life.

Meadows said the first two attempts appeared unsuccessful as well.

“Then the third time I pumped her chest again and I blew in her mouth and then she made a sound, like [cough], and my mom screamed, ‘She’s alive! She’s alive!’” Meadows said.  “And then she finally came all the way back and she just threw up a river.”

Clarke was rushed to the hospital, where she stayed overnight, but her mother, Schellon Darby, said she is fine.

“What they did was great. They saved her life and I was very happy for it,” Darby said.



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