Canada 9-year-old non-verbal girl with cerebral palsy honoured for saving brother’s life

10:01  05 july  2018
10:01  05 july  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A nine - year - old girl with cerebral palsy has gained attention after reports documented how she used her only available resources — an unusually loud scream — to alert her family that her baby brother had made his way to their backyard pool, thereby saving the 18-month-old infant from drowning.

When 9 - year - old Lexie saw her little brother headed for the family pool, she let out a life - saving scream. (Source: CTV Network/CNN). DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA (CTV/CNN) – A Canadian 9 - year - old who has cerebral palsy is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her family

a group of people posing for the camera: Lexie Comeau-Jackson was honoured on Wednesday for saving the life of her little brother. © Natasha Pace/Global News Lexie Comeau-Jackson was honoured on Wednesday for saving the life of her little brother.

Lexi Comeau-Jackson may be just nine-years-old, but she's being hailed a hero for saving her brother's life.

"She saved his life. She definitely did because things happened so quickly," said her mother, Kelly Comeau-Jackson.

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Lexi's brother, Leeland, opened the door and went outside on his own while the family was getting ready to celebrate Lexi's birthday party.

The 18-month-old then fell into the pool, which is when Lexie let out a loud scream.

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When 9 - year - old Lexie saw her little brother headed for the family pool, she let out a life - saving scream. (Source: CTV Network/CNN). DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA (CTV/CNN) – A Canadian 9 - year - old who has cerebral palsy is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her family

"You know when you're having a nightmare and you feel like you're screaming and nothing is coming out? I was screaming so loud and I just felt like there was nothing I could do. I knew I couldn't get down the stairs in time so I'm praying that my mom's hearing me yell while I'm running down the stairs."

Leeland was quickly taken out of the pool by his grandmother and is doing fine.

"You know you're praying, 'Oh please, please be okay." And I took him out right away and he moved and I go, "He's okay," and I opened his mouth and the water came out," said Nancy Comeau-Drisdelle, the children's grandmother.

What makes this story even more incredible is that Lexie lives with cerebral palsy and is non-verbal.

Councillor Tony Mancini heard about the ordeal and met with Lexie and her family. On Wednesday, Mancini took them on a tour of Halifax City Hall, where Lexie got to explore and even sit in the mayor's chair in council chambers.

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When 9 - year - old Lexie saw her little brother headed for the family pool, she let out a life - saving scream. (Source: CTV Network/CNN). DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA (CTV/CNN) – A Canadian 9 - year - old who has cerebral palsy is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her family

When 9 - year - old Lexie saw her little brother headed for the family pool, she let out a life - saving scream. (Source: CTV Network/CNN). DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA (CTV/CNN) – A Canadian 9 - year - old who has cerebral palsy is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her family

"The fact that she's in a wheelchair, non-verbal and she was able to communicate enough to make it crystal clear that something was wrong and you meet her and she's beautiful, she's so bright, she's so happy. Those are the stories we need to share."

The family also got to meet Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Lexie was presented with a special award for saving her brother.

"The fact that she knew at such a young age that something was wrong, this wasn't right and she is a hero. That story could have been so different. It makes us all happy and a little emotional at the same time."

For Lexie's family, it's a special day to celebrate a special little girl.

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