Near drowning victim thankful for her savior

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A 6-year-old girl who almost drowned in a south St. Louis public pool is back home and her family said back to normal. Dutchess Brand and her family are thanking all of the people who made a difference in her life, especially and 11-year-old girl.

People feared the worse when Niesha Thurman rescued Dutchess and brought her to the surface of the pool. The family said the prognosis was not good, even if she survived there would by complications.

Dutchess’ father Dejuan Brand said, “That’s my miracle baby.”

His 6-year-old daughter is a miracle to many people. Last week about a hundred swimmers were enjoying Marquette Pool when Dutchess went under, Niesha rescued her, she wasn’t breathing her heart had stopped. Dejuan Brand added, “The worst experience a parent can have close to death. I pretty much lost my child but she was revived.”

Revived on the scene and rushed to Cardinal Glennon hospital where her family says she was brought back to normal during a six day stay. Dutchess said, “I am grateful that the people helped me.”

Her father said, “I want to thank God if it weren’t for him none of this would have been possible.”

The Brand family had so many people to thank, lifeguards, park rangers, police, paramedics, firefighters, doctors and nurses. At the top of list is Niesha. Dejuan said, “That’s my daughter’s angel.”  Dutchess said, “I think she’s is my hero.”  Dutchess’ grandmother Wanda Brand said, “I think you (Niesha) sweetheart thank you baby thank you thank you.

Friday morning Alderman Cara Spencer will introduce a resolution honoring Niesha and Dutchess and recognizing everyone involved. Spencer said, “This is a really big deal this is something that will go down in the history books in the city of St .Louis and it will be remembered that way it’s very special.”

Dejuan Brand says if parents have someone babysit their children, they should make sure they know the youngsters’ limitations.  Dutchess could not swim and apparently the people watching her did not know that. Her father is now looking at swim lessons for the little girl.

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