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Branson Lee pulled his own little brother from the pool’s top step, then saw his 21-month-old cousins floating face-down. He hauled them out and yelled for help, Steven Kelley, the twins’ father, said Wednesday.
“Anybody can bring a pulse back. I’m a first responder at work, and I’m blessed to have that training,” he said told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Calhoun, a northeast Louisiana town about 15 miles west of Monroe. “But I cannot do anything to bring them back to themselves.”
“Within 30 minutes, they were talking in sentences,” he said. “Praise to God we’re not dealing with two boys who are intubated with no brain functions.”
He said that while he drove to Shreveport, he prayed, “God, we dedicated these babies to you. We entrusted their welfare and safety to you. We want them back, nothing less than perfect.” Later, he learned that his pastor had texted much the same prayer to start a “prayer chain” that had a thousand people praying within 10 minutes.