PHOENIX – You’ve heard FOX 10’s Dave Munsey say it time and time again and it bears repeating: watch your kids around water.
Now a valley woman who understands why that message is so important wants to help others not go through the pain her family went through.
25 years ago, Jaime Phillips watched paramedics try to revive her 10-month-old niece.
“At 16 years old, I will never forget..it is very emotional.”
Baby Kathy slipped out of a baby sitter’s back door and fell into the swimming pool.
“The paramedics said that Kathy was under water close to 30 minutes.”
But she survived.
“Kathy is our miracle child..she is with us today, but it’s tough to watch her daily struggles.”
Kathy suffered brain damage. Her speech is slower, movement is less coordinated. Phillips wants to show others what life after a near drowning is like and hopes to prevent another one.
She’s holding a free event called April Pools Day on Sunday.
Kathy’s story has inspired Phillips to teach others about drowning prevention techniques, CPR and how to respond in an emergency.
Holding these educational events helps Phillips heal. She says her niece thanks her too.
“We’ve got to save our babies here. We’ve got to change this and number one is the awareness.”
April Pools Day
April 1, 12pm – 2pm
Sheraton Crescent Ballroom
2620 W. Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021