5-year-old girl saves mother having seizure in swimming pool

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PORTLAND, Texas (WPIX) — A 5-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for saving her mother's life after the woman had a seizure and fell unconscious in their swimming pool Friday in Portland, Texas.

Little Allison Anderwald's act of bravery was captured on home surveillance video.

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The video shows the mother, Tracy Anderwald, face down in the pool. Allison notices and swims over to her mother, pulls her towards the shallow end stairs, placing her head above water.

The child then runs for help.

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Tracy Anderwald says she doesn't know why she had a seizure and lost consciousness. She was treated and released Tuesday from a hospital in Corpus Christi, 10 miles southwest of Portland.

Anderwald says Allison learned to swim at 2 years old and that she's amazed the child knew what to do.

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