3-year-old girl drowns, has no heartbeat for 12 minutes, miraculously wakes up in mother's arms

After a 3-year-old Missouri girl drowned in a pool on July 29, she was found blue and completely without life for 12 full minutes. Then, she miraculously woke up in her mother's arms.

It all started when 3-year-old Alise Nipper and her mother, Jamie, went to a pool party with friends in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After a couple hours in the pool, parents saw lighting from afar and told all of the children to get out of the pool. That's when Jamie realized that her daughter wasn't where Jamie had last seen her. She told KFVS:

"All of the sudden, I look over and she wasn't there, where I last saw her."

Terrified for her daughter's safety, Jamie ran to the pool and saw her daughter's foot resting under a raft. Jamie said:

"Something took over me. I remember jumping across the pool, coming up and shouting, 'Dial 911.' I was praying while I grabbed her that she would start coughing as if she'd just fallen in, but when I brought her up from the water, it was evident she was without life. She was blue."

Heather Kyle, a fellow party-goer who happens to be a nurse and CPR instructor, quickly ran over to perform CPR on Alise. The little girl clearly didn't have a pulse. Kyle said:

"I had very little hope of a positive outcome. I said, 'We are going to do CPR until an ambulance gets here.'"

That's exactly what Kyle did. For 12 minutes straight, the little girl remained pale and lifeless. Then, suddenly, her color came back and she had a heartbeat. Jamie said:

"She all of the sudden had color and pink lips. Her heart started and she started breathing, it was strong, loud breaths."

Alise suffered temporary brain and lung injuries from the incident. Her doctor, Jeremy Garrett, said:

"Her body and her brain were hurt. Her lungs took on severe injury, which continued to be a problem."

However, only six days after the pool party, Alise's ventilator was removed and she was able to talk, sing and function as normally as ever. Garrett said:

"Her brain has gotten through it, her lungs recovered and as near as we can tell, she's back to functioning as high level a 3-year-old can."

Since that fateful day, Jamie has worked to encourage others to learn CPR, which very may well have saved little Alise's life. Jamie feels blessed for her daughter's miraculous recovery. She said:

"I look at her and think, 'How amazing, how awesome is our God.' [We are] so blessed."

Watch this video for a few simple CPR tricks:

CPR Expert Explains Simple Tips For Saving A Life

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