Six-year-old boy saved baby sister from drowning

Patricio Zabala. (Photo: CEN/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)
Patricio Zabala. (Photo: CEN/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

This young boy was honoured by firefighters for saving his toddler sister after she fell into a neighbour’s swimming pool.

Little Patricio Zabala from Santa Rosa de Calamuchita in Argentina was playing with his 18-month-old sister, Milagros, at a neighbour’s house when she toppled into the water.

The youngster managed to grab her arm and pull the tot out of the water.

He then rushed to his mom, Alejandra, and told her his sister was “asleep” after tumbling into the pool.

Panic-stricken Alejandra scooped the unconscious toddler up in her arms and ran into the street where she was fortunate enough to come across two cops, according to reports.

Officer Maximiliano Baptista said he was patrolling the area with his colleague Martin Arias when they came across the upset mom.

“When I touched Milagros I felt her body was cold and her skin colour was changing due to lack of oxygen,” Baptista told local media.

The two officers performed CPR on the little girl who regurgitated the water and started breathing again.

Milagros and her mother were then taken to hospital. After 24 hours of being monitored the little girl was discharged and returned home with her elated mom.

Patricio Zabala and siblings

Martin Degano, head of the Santa Rosa volunteer firefighting brigade, told local media they wanted to honour Patricio in front of his classmates for his quick thinking and presented the little boy with a firefighter’s hat and certificate.

Baptista also attended the event and presented Patricio with a medal for helping others.

Sources: Magazine Features

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