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HALTOM CITY (CBSDFW.COM) - A day of fun for one North Texas family almost ended in tragedy. “I thought my child was gone,” said Andrea Keith. “I thought she was gone.” But an unsuspecting hero came to the rescue — Andrea’s oldest son, Blake.

The Haltom City family almost lost 3-year-old Brianna, until 11-year-old Blake spotted his baby siter floating facedown in the deep end of the family swimming pool. He immediately jumped in to save her. “He just kind of threw her up to me,” Andrea recalled. “It was like something you would see out of a movie. He was just a complete hero.”

“I was freaking out,” Blake said. “I think she was a centimeter above water.”

“If he wouldn’t have done what he’d done, she wouldn’t be sitting here with us today,” said Andrea.

But what makes this brave brother even more extraordinary is that Blake has Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum. “Just the fact that he so selflessly just jumped in, especially with the social problems that he has,” said Andrea, appreciating her son’s courage.

“Heaven probably knew this was going to happen,” Blake said. “Jesus and God probably put me out here so I could probably save my sister.”

“She has not been out here since that day,” Andrea said. While the family is nervous to have their youngest child around the water again, they all feel safe knowing that big brother Blake is nearby. “It just takes that long. It doesn’t take any time at all, and you could lose a child. Everyone just needs to remember to be safe this summer. Have fun, and be safe.”

Brianna stayed one night in the hospital. Doctors said that she is fine, and called her a “beautiful, lucky little girl.”

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