6-year-old pulls drowning toddler twin cousins from pool

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Posted: Aug 23, 2017 5:12 PM

CALHOUN, La. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy pulled his drowning toddler twin cousins from a backyard pool in Louisiana.

The twins' father, Steven Kelley of Calhoun, says 6-year-old Branson Lee pulled his own little brother from the pool's top step, then saw his 21-month-old cousins floating face-down, hauled them out and yelled for help.

Kelley says the twins were limp and blue, but are fine. He says their complete recovery is a miracle.

Kelley began CPR while others prayed and called 911.

The twins' mother, Jeannie Kelley, tells The News-Star that after 30 seconds, Kaden began coughing up water and breathing. Another 30 seconds later, Isaac did, too.

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Steven Kelley says the boys were breathing shallowly when a firetruck arrived. Rescue workers gave them oxygen, and they were airlifted to a hospital.

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This story has been corrected to delete references to Branson Lee performing chest compression and correct the twins' age to 21 months from 2-years-old.