3 North Texas Nurses Save Boy's Life After Falling Into A Neighbor's Pool

By Ginny Reese

October 23, 2020

Three nurses are being credited with saving the life of a North Texas boy that fell into a neighbor's pool.

Jessica Villarreal, her mother Maria Saenz, and her sister Lauren Abney heard cries for help and ran to assist.

Five-year-old Grayson McElain was in his grandparents' backyard when he fell into the swimming pool. Villareal said that she and the others were nearby at her mother's house when they heard the boy screaming.

Villareal told CBS DFW, "We were outside my parents’ house, about to leave. I had just buckled my son into his car seat and that’s when we heard screaming."

Abney called the police while they ran to the neighbor's home.

After Villareal saw the neighbor pulling the boy out of the water, she took over and began CPR.

She said, "I did chest compressions for at least five minutes. I kept going, I never stopped."

Saenz and Abney aided her with the CPR.

"The three of us were like a team,” Villareal said. “My mom was telling me, ‘Good job, keep going!’ My sister told me to keep my arms straight. They were my two cheerleaders who kept me going."

The boy began breathing again after six minutes and was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center. He was released after 23 hours with no complications.

McElain's mother says that she owes the nurses "her entire life."

Photo: Getty Images

Source: CBS DFW

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