Woman urges moms to take CPR classes after own son nearly drowns

This Labor Day Weekend, one mother has some advice for parents planning to be near beaches, lakes or pools. Samantha Costa says her son Adonai, 5, nearly drowned in a pool a month ago, but her faith and instincts kicked in.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - This Labor Day Weekend, one mother has some advice for parents planning to be near beaches, lakes or pools.

Samantha Costa says her son Adonai, 5, nearly drowned in a pool a month ago, but her faith and instincts kicked in.

"He was so lifeless and limp; his lips were blue. He wasn't breathing and I thought to myself this is it,” said Costa.

On August 9th, the family was swimming in a neighbor's pool, when Adonai ended up at the bottom.

"I was just yelling for help, screaming in my mind for God to help me and bring my son back,” she said.

Costa jumped in, pulled her son out and started what CPR she could remember.

"Then he started coming back to life and he screamed and cried, all at the same time. It was just the most beautiful sound I'd ever heard,” she said.

"I was the first on scene, I got there, went in the backyard and saw Samantha holding her son,” said Chief Stephen Carlisle, with the Roman Forest Police Department.

"I just remember my mom saved me and going to heaven…all I remember it was all clean, that's all I remember,” said Adonai.

Amazingly, he’s made a full recovery and you can probably tell by the uniform he wants to be an officer someday.

"Out of this, I'd like to see mothers start taking CPR classes...I mean this is a real event and something like this can happen to anybody,” said Carlisle.

Costa has already taken that advice and hopes other parents will too, because around water you never can predict when something like this will happen.

"I'm just forever thankful for this miracle of life and I feel like I was given a second chance as a mother to be even more alert,” she said.

Costa found a CPR class through her local fire department. For more information on where to find CPR classes in your neighborhood, click here.

So far this year, 91 children have drowned in the State of Texas. Most of those cases, 15 to be exact, happened here in Harris County.

Of those, 10 happened in backyard or apartment pools.


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