Summer's arrival reminds mother of daughter's near drowning in 2010

Heidi Murphy (left) nearly lost her then 5-year-old daughter Lily to drowning eight years ago....
Heidi Murphy (left) nearly lost her then 5-year-old daughter Lily to drowning eight years ago. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Jun. 1, 2018 at 11:08 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As the weather heats up and you head out to the pool, there are some things to keep in mind. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 3,500 drownings annually.

Every day about 10 people die from drowning, and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to 4.

June 11, 2010 began as a normal day for Heidi Murphy and her family.

"We were having so much fun," said Murphy.

She took her daughter Lily to a pool party when people began screaming. Lily had fallen into the water.

"Once I got over there I saw that she was being pulled out of the pool and had very lifeless her body and they began CPR on her," Murphy said.

That continued until the ambulance arrived.

"It just did not look like her to me. She was real puffy and swollen. The machine was breathing for her," Murphy said.

5-year-old Lily was in critical condition, but three days later-- a miracle.

"She started showing some really good signs squeezing the nurses' hands. Responding to pain. And then she was able to breathe on her own. They took the ventilator off and she just kept improving day by day," Lily's mother said.

Lily is now 13. She doesn't remember much from that frightful day in June.

"I remember a little bit of my time in the hospital, but I've never been able to remember the actual day," said Lily.

Sometimes she says, she doesn't believe it actually happened.

"You never think it's you. I hear the story sometimes, and I kind of doubt it sometimes, but there's lots of pictures," Lily said.

Those pictures are what Reminds heidi murphy of how close she was to losing her daughter.

"Wondering, 'How did this happen? Is she going to live? What's going to happen?'" Heidi Murphy said.

The YMCA said that today, a residential pool is 14 times more likely to take the life of a child than an automobile.

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