Found in a toy – the chilling letter that exposed evil
When Esther Thiang’s three-year-old son Jasiah leapt into the deep end of the swimming pool at an apartment complex in June this year, he soon found himself struggling.
Esther, who was six months pregnant, jumped in after him but quickly realised she couldn’t keep herself and her son above the water at the same time.
Desperate, Esther sank below the surface and held Jasiah above her head, hoping he’d be seen.
Holding her breath, Esther prayed, It’s okay if you don’t save me. Just save my son.
Jennifer Potter, 35, assistant manager of the apartment complex, and a colleague were passing and spotted the flailing little boy.
‘I took my shoes off real quick while still running and dived right into the pool,’ Jennifer said.
It wasn’t until she reached Jasiah she realised Esther was under the water. Grabbing them, Jennifer tried to drag both mother and son to the edge, but Esther had fallen unconscious and was a dead weight.
‘I couldn’t lift her head up and keep him above water as well,’ Jennifer recalled.
Passing Jasiah up to her colleague, Jennifer went back for Esther, who thankfully started coughing up water as she was pulled from the pool.
After about a minute, Jasiah was conscious again too.
Esther and Jasiah were rushed to hospital where they, and Esther’s unborn baby, were given the all clear.
Thanking Jennifer, Esther’s husband Luis couldn’t contain his emotions.
‘It’s thanks to her, I have my family,’ he said.
‘I couldn’t lift her head up and keep him above the water as well’
Jennifer was given a bravery award
Left: Esther, Jasiah andJennifer Above: the pool