Sumter teen saves toddler brother from near-drowning
Tue, 07 May 2013 01:28:27 GMT —
SUMTER, SC (WACH) -- It was a typical evening at the Phillips home. Steven, 19, was working in the garden when he got a sickening feeling that his brother Frank, 4, might be in danger.
"I got to the dock, and almost panic hit me," said Steven. "I looked around real fast and called his name."
Little Frank had been playing in the yard all evening. After noticing he hadn't seen or heard the toddler in a while, Stephen went to the pond.
"I was like, 'Okay, he could be underneath,'" Stephen recalled. "And I put my hand down, and as soon as I put my hand in, I grabbed his foot, and I pulled him out."
The four-year-old was unconscious and was not breathing.
True to his religion, Steven prayed a quick blessing over Frank.
"As soon as I told him, 'Be healed,' he took a breathe, and I was like, 'Okay, now I can do this,'" said Steven, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The big brother then performed C.P.R., which he had learned as an Eagle Scout, while his mom called 911.
"It's almost like an out of body experience when I think of Frank lying on the floor and my son Stephen doing C.P.R.," said their mother Regina.
Steven brought Frank in the house until the ambulance arrived.
"He got a blanket," recalled Frank. "And he put it on me, but he [wasn't] really sure if I was cold or not."
"You were really cold," Regina told her little boy. "You were blue"
After two days in the hospital, Frank is back at home and back to playing in the yard with his big brother.
"I'm not in school right now, and so we hang out all the time during the day," said Steven of Frank. "We always talk about how we're going to go do the garden and stuff, so it's just- I couldn't imagine him not being here."
As Steven gears up for a two-year missions trip to Brazil, he is happy that he can now leave his little brother safe and sound.