Teenager Kaydence Henslee of New Mexico was recently spending her spring break at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, enjoying family time at a pool, when she noticed a toddler floating face-down in the deep end.
“I was scared and nervous and afraid, but my instincts kicked in. I just saw her kind of floating. She wasn’t technically on the bottom when I was there. When I pulled her out, her lip was purple.”Kaydence Henslee
The 3-year-old was later identified as Haven Williams of Missouri. His mother, Ashley Williams, had only stepped away from the pool briefly. Williams said that it finally clicked that it was her child when she eventually pushed through the crowd and recognized her daughter’s bathing suit, which sent her into a panic.
“I just remember seeing another woman run across and yell into the bar area for someone to call 911 because a baby had just drowned… I didn’t think it was my baby.”Ashley Williams
Luckily, a bystander was able to successfully perform CPR on the child, and then Williams was rushed to the hospital.
“Even the doctors are saying that whoever got her out of the water did it at a perfect time because if she would have been under the water a little longer, it would have been a different outcome.”Ashley Williams
The experience has inspired the teenage Henslee to become CPR-certified. Ashley Williams works at a children’s hospital and witnesses lots of tragic situations, but she never expected something like this to happen to her, and she is grateful for the teenager’s quick thinking.
The Henslee and Williams families exchanged information to stay in touch. They shared family pictures with each other on Easter, and Kaydence Henslee sent Haven Williams a friendship for Williams’ fourth birthday.
“The fact that they can still celebrate a birthday this week, celebrate Easter and all the other holidays and see them grow up and maybe even have lifelong friends from New Mexico.”Matt Henslee, Father of Kaydence Henslee