Strangers step in to save Hannibal girl through CPR

Terri Mudd and Jamie Cox meet Emma for the first time since they saved her life at a local pool

A 3-year-old Hannibal girl is lucky to be alive after falling into a pool at a birthday party this summer.

Now, her family has two strangers to thank for their quick response in administering CPR.

This Spirit of the Tri-States report, brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling, has their story of survival and bravery.

Rebecca Romig’s son, Christian, got invited to a pool party for a friends’ birthday last month.

Rebecca’s daughter, Emma, tagged along for summer-time fun.

"I was watching Emma on the stairs and Christian on the diving board," Romig explained. "I was trying to keep an eye on both of them."

In a split second, Rebecca thinks Emma got knocked off the stairs and into the water.

“The next thing I knew Jamie came up out of the pool with Emma, and she wasn’t breathing.”
“I swam over to the edge to get out, and I saw this little girl floating," Jamie Cox explained. "I got over top of her and I noticed she was blue. The thought went to my head, ‘this can’t be happening.'"

Jamie picked Emma up, put her on the deck of the pool, asked for help and then proceeded to do chest compressions.

Terri Mudd learned CPR when she first became a lifeguard 25 years ago.

She never had to use it until last month.

"I think it's amazing that two people who don't know each other worked so well together on somebody that they don't know," Mudd said. "At that time, it was all about Emma."

Jamie just learned CPR a year and a half ago through his church.

“I could’ve done a couple things better, but I was very pleased with the outcome,” he explained. “I hear about it in the news, but I never thought it would happen to me. I’m thankful I was able to do that. “
"I have grandbabies, and I've heard all of them cry," Mudd said. "But the best cry I ever heard was Emma's when she started to cry after she took her first breath. It's the best sound I ever heard in my life."
“There’s just no way to let them know how much it means to me," Romig said. "There’s no way to thank someone for something like that.”

Jamie, Rebecca and Terri would like encourage more people to learn CPR.

The American Heart Association offers training.

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