When 12-year-old Carin headed out to the backyard to spend some time in her family's pool, no one noticed that her three-year-old sister Jac'Lynn had slipped out behind her.
But when the toddler attempted to climb into an inner tube, she slipped through and went straight to the bottom. That's when Carin, who has Down syndrome, jumped into action!
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"Without panic or fear, [Carin] grabbed her goggles, got in the water, and pulled her sister out of the pool and into the house," the duo's mom Tomarra Richardson told ABC 12. Richardson got her daughter to cough up pool water while another family member called 911.
A trip to the emergency room confirmed that Jac'Lynn was going to be okay. "[Carin] was our hero, she saved her sister's life," Richardson proudly shared, adding that "people with Down's ... they're not always the fastest reactors."
Krystal Bishop, Carin's sister, also praised the pre-teen, telling ABC 12, "Carin definitely reacted really fast. I mean, she wasn't really scared at all."
Richardson explained that since the accident, she's added more locks to the pool gate and installed alarms on both the front and back doors.
We're happy to hear that both girls are doing well!
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