Who is Massiah Browne? California boy, 7, lauded as HERO for saving toddler from drowning in pool
Massiah Browne, a young boy from California, 7, is being lauded as a hero for his valor in saving the life of a 3-year-old toddler who was drowning at the bottom of a pool. The toddler from Sacramento who was saved from drowning is making a remarkable recovery, according to Good Morning America. Massiah Browne said on 'Good Morning America' that while swimming with his family in the pool at his apartment building, he dived in to save the little toddler. "I was just playing in the pool and then I saw a boy at the bottom of the pool,” adding that he ‘went to go get him.’
Massiah's mom, Tiara Delvalle, rushed to the pool after family members told her what happened. Massiah, who did not know the toddler, recalled seeing his mouth and eyes open before diving through six feet of water, pulling up the toddler by his arms. According to Massiah, his relative Savannah, 9, asked him to help the youngster when he went to tell her about the boy in the pool. Savannah joined the effort to securely transport the young child to the pool deck. Massiah told 'GMA,' "Savannah brought him to his mom and then they did CPR on the boy, and then they called the doctor.”
When the little child was out of the water, Savannah and Massiah, who had also learned to swim as a young child, told an adult member of the family about the young child. Savannah and Massiah's aunt told KTVB, "He wasn't coming up. He was just like, upside down, face down, floating on top of the pool." When medical personnel arrived on the scene, the infant was still breathing. He was given advanced life support by Sacramento firefighters while being transported to a nearby hospital, according to the fire department.
Delvalle called the 3-year-old's recovery ‘a miracle’ and said she has since spoken with the child's mother. Despite Massiah's swimming prowess, his father, former Olympic boxer Marcus Browne, claimed he couldn't believe what his son accomplished and added, "He's a good kid." Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second most common cause of death in children under the age of 14 in the US for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Male toddlers and teenage males are most in danger of drowning, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report published last year. The research also underlined the need for several layers of protection to prevent drowning and that not one measure, such as swim instruction or lifeguards, is adequate.