Girl who nearly drowns meets man who helped save her - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Girl who nearly drowns meets man who helped save her

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A young girl who nearly drowned on Labor Day met the man who saved her.

Deazja White, 14, of Mounds was found lying in the water at Cape Splash on Labor Day.

Terrell Butler immediately went to help aid and helped save her life. 

On Saturday, Terrell and his wife walked up to the car Deazja was in the parking lot at the West Park Mall. 

As Terrell got closer, the car doors opened and Deazja got out. Terrell embraced Deazja with a big smile and an even bigger hug. 

"All the way up from the mall to here, I was really excited to see her to even see her get out of the car," Terrell said. 

Deazja hugged Terrell back and started sharing a once in a lifetime joyous experience.

Deazja and her mom, Tanisha White, couldn't thank Terrell enough for his quick actions that helped save Deazja's life. 

"I tried to think of some kind of way to show him how thankful I am," Tanisha said. "But I don't think there's nothing in the world I could get for him to show him how thankful I am for him."

Terrell was handed several thank you cards as everyone talked and shared their thoughts on what happened that day at Cape Splash. 

For Tanisha, it was a day she will never forget. She still has her daughter with her walking, breathing and full of life.

"I wanted him to understand that I'm grateful," Tanisha said. "If it wasn't for him, my daughter wouldn't be here. I don't know how to explain it. I'm just so thankful."

"I think it's kind of hard for her to relive that but it taught her something," Tanisha said. 

They now consider Terrell part of the family. It took a while for them to reunite with each other and have texted and called each other since the day Deazja was saved. 

Tanisha says they will keep touch and visit with one another in the future. 

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