Bride provides lifesaving CPR to drowning toddler at wedding reception


The wedding reception was winding down and guests were leaving when a woman’s screams pierced the night air.

A toddler who’d slipped away from his family was found at the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool in the backyard where the nuptials were held.

The boy’s mother jumped in to rescue her child, but was frantic – so a cousin jumped in and pulled the boy out.

Groom James Pryor dialed 9-1-1, then sank into a chair and grabbed his face. Meanwhile, his new wife, Amber Pryor, rushed to where the child had been pulled from the pool and set on the ground.

“His face was white, white, white,” Amber said. “People were screaming, ‘He’s dead! He’s dead!’ ”

Only three days before, Amber had been recertified in CPR. She works at a cosmetic surgeon’s office in Dallas, and it’s a requirement for her job.

“I knew what to do,” she said. “I didn’t have to think about anything, I knew what to do next, no hesitation.”

Still in her wedding gown, Amber started CPR.

“I probably did maybe just 10 good chest compressions and the water started coming up,” she said. “So I flipped him over really fast and patted him on the back to get the water out.

“He was making the worst gurgling noises. I’ll probably never get that out of my head. He started crying, and then the paramedics came.”

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