2 Sisters Who Nearly Drowned In Edmond Pool Discharged From Hospital

Two young sisters who nearly drowned in a family pool in Edmond are going home. Their story has an ending few expected as they made a remarkable recovery in just over three weeks.

Tuesday, May 28th 2024, 6:31 pm

By: News 9, Deanne Stein


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Two young sisters who nearly drowned in a family pool in Edmond are going home. Their story has an ending few expected as they made a remarkable recovery in just over three weeks.

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“It doesn’t feel real,” said Caitlin McKnight, the girls’ mother.

Every smile and every giggle are cherished by the McKnight family. “They look like normal, happy kids,” Caitlin said.

Her daughters, Zoey, 6-years-old, and Callie, 4-years-old were alert and playing in their room at Bethany Children’s Health Center on Tuesday.

“Some days I look at them and I’m like you would never know that something this big happened three weeks ago,” she said.

That something big nearly took their lives. On May 3, the girls were found unresponsive at the bottom of a family pool in the Oak Tree neighborhood. The family said they had been swimming for several hours and it happened in less than two minutes.

“They had floatation devices, she had a vest on, we were just around the corner with a great big window you could see through not more than 10 feet away from where this happened in the first place,” said Jacob McKnight, the girls' father.

The family pulled the girls out and started CPR until the first responder arrived.

“When children go underwater for that long the odds of them surviving are always extremely rare,” said Lt. Michael Kennener, Edmond Police Department.

However, the girls beat the odds and visited first responders at the Edmond Police Department on Tuesday.

“I have two girls that are roughly the same age, so it hit home pretty hard,” said Clayton Wilsey, a firefighter paramedic who was first on scene. “It's nice to see the end result of what we do.”

The family credits first responders, medical staff, knowing CPR, and the power of prayer for the girls' quick recovery.   

“There's not even a statistical explanation for how they come out after that, what's more logical is that we rolled the dice and we won or is it possible the untold thousands, tens of thousands of people who engage in prayer and reaching out to God had a consequence, everyone has to make their own decision, but I’ve made mine,” Jacob said.

The girls were discharged with a special parade at Bethany’s Children’s. “It's so easy to forget but I think I spend at least some part of every day right now just being thankful just looking at the family knowing they're here,” Jacob said. “I have no way to relate how much of a miracle this is.”

The family has gone home to Kansas where Zoey will continue outpatient physical therapy. Both girls are expected to make a full recovery, Meanwhile, the family wants to thank the community for the outpouring of support. They say they met their goal on the GoFundMe for the girls' medical expenses, any extra will go to their education fund.

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