Mom Calls Out To Baby Girl But There's No Answer. Then She Sees The Open Door

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When Julia Thrash heard the news about her daughter, she felt like her life was over. Her worst nightmare had come true, and it was all because she had made a stupid mistake. As she struggled with her new reality, something inconceivable happened that still has experts scratching their heads in disbelief.

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What The Worst That Could Happen?

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A few months ago, Julia was battling a bad case of the flu. She was home alone with her one-year-old, Jayah, who was happily watching a TV show. Julia felt the urgent need to go to the bathroom, so she stepped away from the living room for a few minutes. She had no idea how fast things could go from normal to tragic.

Vanishing Toddler

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When Julia came back from the bathroom, she was startled to find that Jayah was no longer in the living room. Then, she saw that the back door was cracked open. Jayah had already learned to toddle, so Julia realized she had gone outside. Her heart stopped in an instant, knowing what was in the backyard.

Fallen Into The Water

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The Thrashes live in Arizona, where it gets pretty hot in the summer. So, like any other middle-class family, they have a pool in their backyard. Julia rushed outside to look for Jayah. That’s when her worst fears materialized: Jayah was floating, face down, near the edge of the pool. Julia screamed and pulled her out as fast as she could. But she didn’t know how long her baby had been submerged.

Moments Of Panic And Fear

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Julia took Jayah inside and called 911 as she rushed to give her daughter CPR. In the call recording, Julia can be heard wailing and begging Jayah to come back to life. She even took some accidental selfies in the chaos of the moment. But her efforts didn’t seem to be working — the toddler was freezing cold, and lifeless. Help soon arrived, but the situation remained dire.

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Getting Medical Help

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First responders took over reviving efforts, while Julia was taken to a separate room to allow room for them to work. The baby was then transported to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center to continue to try and save her. But, 1.5 hours after Julia found her daughter in the pool, the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Jayah Was Gone

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"We're sorry, there is nothing more we can do,” doctors told Julia and her husband, Justin. At that moment, the whole world went dark and Julia was left facing a grim new reality. Meanwhile, nurses began preparing to hand over Jayah’s body to the medical examiner. Suddenly, something shocking happened.

Then, A Miracle

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The doctor went back out to the waiting room and told them something they never expected: Jayah was breathing. Nurses heard her cough when they were calling the medical examiner, so they checked her pulse. It was faint, but her heart was beating again. Julia was as confused and flabbergasted as everyone else.

Not Out Of The Woods Yet

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"I just looked at her like I didn't understand what language she was speaking, because we had for an hour been sitting there, told our baby was gone,” remembers Julia. Jayah was then loaded onto an air ambulance and flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which had the necessary equipment to treat her. In transit, her heart stopped beating a few times. Julia and Justin were warned to be “cautiously optimistic.” But their baby was a fighter.

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More Good News

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Days passed and Jayah was finally stabilized, though questions remained. “It was awful to sit and see her like that and not know, is her brain going to work? Is she ever going to be okay? Will she ever talk again? Will she ever do anything like she did before?” says Julia. But the MRI scan showed no signs of major brain damage. Though that didn’t mean Jayah would recover overnight.

Literal Baby Steps

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When Jayah came back to, it was like starting over. She had to remember how to walk and talk again. At first, she didn’t even smile. But one day, when Julia was putting chapstick on Jayah’s lips, she saw hope. “She looked up, blotted her lips and licked her lips,” said Julia. “It was this moment for me that, she’s there. She’s in there. She’s going to be ok.” Her motherly instinct was proven right.

Life Returning To Normal

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Three weeks passed before Jayah was released and sent back home. Not long after, she was laughing and playing as if nothing had ever happened. But Julia and Justin knew how close they had been to losing her. “So many doctors and nurses came and said ‘I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve never ever seen this happen’” she says. Jayah’s recovery was a miracle, but Julia knew a lot of people made it happen.

Thanking Those Who Helped Her

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The Thrashes wanted to thank every person who helped save their daughter’s life. They took Jayah to meet the first responders to came to their house that fateful day. Amazingly, the toddler immediately ran to hug the officer who was first on the scene. It was as if she knew what he’d done for her. Her story touched a lot of people’s hearts, who wanted to do something for little Jayah.

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Shows Of Solidarity

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A swimming instructor who heard Jayah’s story offered to give her lessons for free, so she’ll never have an accident like that again. The family’s pool was also fitted with a surrounding fence, donated by the Glendale Fire Department. But Julia and Justin are not taking these gifts for granted.

Cherishing Every Moment

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“Every day is an amazing day because she’s in it,” says Julia. “And I was given another chance to be her mom.” She also wants people, especially parents, to hear Jayah’s story. She now knows a tragedy can occur at any time, to anyone. She hopes to raise awareness so that fewer children suffer the fate that her daughter narrowly escaped.

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