A man was wading in a lake, when all of a sudden, he felt something brush against his leg. When he saw what it was—a tiny foot belonging to a baby girl—he immediately pulled the limp girl out of the water.
Angelo Mondragon from Fort Collins was at the Windsor Lake with his family and friends in July 2015 when he felt something soft brush against him in the water.
“It felt like something you normally wouldn’t feel in the water. I did sort of a back kick to bring up whatever it was, and then I saw the bottom of a baby’s foot float up,” he told Coloradoan.
He quickly pulled the baby out of the water and screamed for the child’s mother and those at the lake to call 911. “I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore. The girl was already blue. She wasn’t breathing,” he said.
Mondragon, who is a plumber, and two off-duty nurses administered CPR on the child. When the emergency worker arrived, the child was sent to a medical center at the Rockies in Loveland. She was later transferred to a children’s hospital in Aurora. Everyone who knew what happened was relieved to hear that the baby was okay.
“If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search-and-rescue mission. As I told the little girl’s mom, when I saw the baby’s toes, that became my baby,” he said. He also said that “the baby was not wearing a life vest.”
It was the father in him that kicked in and saved the day!