Three-year-old says Jesus saved her from drowning in backyard pool


By Mark Ellis

Ella Kimbro (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Ella Kimbro (Source: WMC Action News 5)

She leaned over to rescue a cat that fell into her backyard pool. Then she plunged in herself and nearly drowned until Jesus brought her back to life, according to a story by WMC Action News 5 in Tennessee.

Ella Kimbro, a Gibson County three-year-old, nearly died May 22nd in her family’s pool when she tried to reach in and rescue a cat named Elsa, according to WMC.

Kimbro pool
Kimbro pool

Like many parents in the mid-South, Johnny and Christy Kimbro like to spend time in their pool when temperatures rise.

Christy thought the three Kimbro kids were out riding their bikes on that fateful day. But she was surprised when she looked outside and didn’t see Ella.

Christy scanned the backyard carefully until she saw a horrible sight — her young daughter floating face-up in the pool.

“I thought she was dead when I first saw her. I remember yelling ‘Oh My God, she’s dead!'” Christy told WMC.

“She was blue, she was cold. I pulled her out of the pool. She wasn’t breathing,” added Christy.

Christy Kimbro
Christy Kimbro

When Ella’s father, Johnny, started CPR he could see her pupils were dilated. “What I do remember is standing over my daughter and I reached down to feel for a pulse, and I couldn’t find a pulse,” he told WMC.

After a few minutes of CPR something miraculous happened. Ella came back to life!

She was airlifted to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and was on a ventilator for five days, according to WMC.

When she awakened, Christy will never forget the story Ella told.

“She said she drowned. She saw a bright light and a man walking to her with long hair.”

Picture shown to Ella
Picture shown to Ella

Christy’s sister showed Ella a picture of Jesus on her phone and asked if the man looked like that.

“Ella said that was the man who saved her.” Christy says her three-year-old had never heard a bright light story before this happened.

Ella has recovered completely, thanks to a Rescuer and Savior with much more than CPR at His fingertips.



  1. I loved the story. Typical of The Lord’s Mercy yet unique to the situation.
    Next item: Your website manager could make it more user friendly. I would like to see a “switch” to increase the size of lettering only built into the page. I would like to see a “print friendly” “switch” option both with and without photos or other pictures associated with the story line.
    Work on it, please. Thank you. IHR.

  2. Thanks heaps for sharing this lovely story.
    Blessings on this child and family.
    May she grow in the Lord day by day and always be grateful for this wonderful God Moment. To GOD be the glory GREAT things He has done….!!!
    PS I had a delicate birth…My mother was critical as well….they did not know if I would survive the first hour of life. I was named in the labour ward and the churches of our town in Australia were praying for me.Last Monday I celebrated my 68 birthday.
    I am well and thank Him for the wonderful gift of life!!! His faithfulness, Love and care etc
    When our lives are in His Hands we couldnt be n better care. Amen.
    PS 116:12 What shall I render unto the Lord for ALL His Benefits toward me? verse of the frist church service held in Sydney.

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