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Bystanders help save girl who nearly drowned at water park

Deazja White is now off the ventilator and is breathing on her own. Deazja White is now off the ventilator and is breathing on her own.
Lifeguards and bystanders helped save Deazja White from dronwing after she jumped into 9 feet of water on Labor Day.(Source: Facebook) Lifeguards and bystanders helped save Deazja White from dronwing after she jumped into 9 feet of water on Labor Day.(Source: Facebook)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The last day of fun at Cape Splash nearly turned tragic when a 14-year-old girl nearly drowned.

Deazja White nearly drowned after she jumped into 9 feet of water on Labor Day.

Her mom,Tanisha White, says she was in disbelief when she found out that her daughter nearly drowned.

"Hysterical!" Tanisha White said. "I didn't know which way to go. I didn't have a whole lot of information, so I didn't know what I was facing."

Licensed EMT Terrell Butler was at the park with his family and says he was shocked to see a young swimmer in trouble.

"Right as I stepped next to the swimming pool, I just seen a little girl's head come out the water," Butler said.

That's when he says he saw signs that Deazja wasn't doing well.

"She had fluids coming out of her mouth and I can see that she wasn't breathing," he said.

Butler says he watched as lifeguards tried to clear the area to start CPR.

But, he says when lifeguards started to attach an AED. He and a nurse felt it was time to step in.

"I informed them that I am a trained medic let me help you," Butler said. "They still hesitated for a moment and without hesitation I went ahead and started CPR on the girl."

Butler says White started to breathe and that's when emergency personnel arrived.

White's grandmother, Debra Smith, was at the hospital when she got there. 

"They brought her in and she was sitting on the stretcher," Smith said. "When they got to the back, it took a turn for the worst and they had to put her on the vent."

White is now off the ventilator and is breathing on her own.

Her mom says she can't begin to thank the bystanders enough for helping her child.

"It was very important that he was here," Smith said. "If it hadn't been for him, my daughter wouldn't be here because the lifeguards were clearly either hesitate or something was definitely wrong and something needs to change."

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