An elderly woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition and her grandson was treated on scene and released after a near-drowning in Hialeah Gardens Tuesday. Carlos Murias, who pulled them both out of the water, and witnesses Jacky Cisneros and Nicole Lucches talk about what happened.
An elderly woman was taken to the hospital and a child was treated on scene and released after a near-drowning in Hialeah Gardens, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said Tuesday.
The woman, in her 70s, saw her 4-year-old grandson slip into the water behind an apartment complex, and she jumped in after him, but she could not swim either, neighbors said.
That’s when teenager Carlos Murias, who lives in the apartment closest to the lake, jumped and pulled them both out, and gave the woman CPR, they said.
"He just jumped and threw himself in the water and he took the little kid out," said Nicole Lucches, who called for help.
"We saw the lady was upside down and the lady was trying to get air, so I just jumped in," said Murias, 16. "I pulled out the kid and pulled out the lady."
Murias said that first his girlfriend's mother gave the boy CPR. Then, he started on the grandmother. It was the first time he's ever administered CPR – and it could have saved her life.
"She (his girlfriend's mother) just started telling me to blow into her mouth," he explained. "Water came out her nose."
The boy was fine, Hialeah Gardens Police said.
The woman was taken to Palmetto General Hospital in serious condition.
"She was alive, but she couldn't talk or anything. They were grabbing her, and she was just like out," Lucches said.