COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.,- A five-year-old girl is home from the hospital and doing well after a near drowning incident. WINK has learned the little girl has autism.
Her grandmother was inside the home when she got out, but it was the quick thinking of a nearby pool man who saved her life. "I feel very blessed that she came out of it with nothing. I feel like anything religious I believe in was tested yesterday. I feel blessed she came out of it with nothing, she's perfectly healthy."
A nightmare is over for a mother who could have lost her five-year-old girl.
"My whole world stopped when I found out, she's all I have."
The little girls mother has asked us to not reveal who she is, but her daughter with autism managed to get out of the house, walked down the family's driveway, crossed the street and fell into this retention pond, nearly drowning. It was news that made this mothers world come crashing down.
"They're little, just always pay attention, never take your eye off them, they can be gone like that."
A nearby pool man heard a noise in the water, noticed the girl and pulled her out. We're told he doesn't know CPR, but was able to perform chest compressions on the girl.
"She is like the air that I breathe, so for something like this to happen to her, it's unbearable."
The fire department said when they arrived on scene the little girl was in serious condition, but tonight she is home from the hospital.
"She's fine! She is a little jumping bean. She's got her energy back and she's officially glued back to the t.v. and her cartoons."