PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Loud noises in the Bradley household is something that is not anything out of the ordinary, especially when there is about 10 kids visiting for a birthday party.
"I thought one of the kids had fallen and broken an arm or a leg. I was not expecting the extreme," said James Bradley.
Bradley said he heard screaming coming from his pool area. The tone alarmed him.
"When I got to the screams there was chaos," he said.
Bradley rushed to the pool and said he found his daughter's four-year-old niece, Grayson, being pulled out by other relatives. As the other kids were getting ready to go back in the pool, Grayson apparently slipped into the water. She was limp and not breathing.
"I knew from her distended stomach that she was filled with water," he said.
As a retired Army medic and working more than 30 years as a physician's assistant, James kicked into work mode and began clearing water out of the toddler and performing CPR with help from his wife who happens to be a nurse.
"We were all there. We did not hear anything and we did not see anything. That was the scary part for us," said Julia Dunn, Grayson's aunt.
Grayson's family questioned how this could of happened, especially with precautions they had in place for the special day. They warn others it can happen in a split second.
"We had everything set up so people could not get out of the door. We had seven adults here yesterday with the kids. Accidents can still happen," said Elizabeth Bradley.
The four-year-old began breathing a few minutes after the Bradley's began treating her. By Sunday doctors said she was almost ready to go home.
"We would be lost without her. We can't imagine life without her," said Dunn.
The Bradley's want others to learn from their story. They said CPR and knowing how to handle a drowning saved their little girl.
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