SC teen turns to prayer to save younger brother from drowning - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

SC teen turns to prayer to save younger brother from drowning

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Frank Phillips (the younger brother) and Steven Phillips in their backyard beside the pond. (Source: WLTX) Frank Phillips (the younger brother) and Steven Phillips in their backyard beside the pond. (Source: WLTX)
SUMTER, SC -

An Eagle Scout recently used prayer to save his 4-year-old brother from drowning in the family's backyard pond in Sumter, WLTX reported.

One day, Steven Phillips, the older brother, was looking around the backyard for his very active 4-year-old brother, Frank.

"Frank is always going everywhere so I was just looking around and was like where is Frank?" said older brother Steven Phillips.

Steven then realized he had not looked around the family's backyard pond, WLTX reported.

"I had another feeling of just like, he's really in this water," Steven told the TV station.

Frank had been chasing a toy boat when he tumbled off the dock and into the pond. 

Steven put his hand in the murky pond water hoping to feel anything but mud.

"I laid down and as soon as I put my hand in that second time, I grabbed his foot and pulled him out," Steven said.   

Frank was motionless, covered in mud and had turned blue.

Steven said emergency training he received as a Boy Scout immediately came to mind, but he decided to do something else.

"I was going to start CPR and then I remembered what I learned in church," Steven told WLTX. 

 "I've been given the priesthood, the same power Jesus Christ had when he was on the earth, to heal people and to bless them if it's God's will to do that." 

In a moment when seconds count, Steven prayed.

"I said the words 'be healed', and as soon as I said that, he took a breath," said Steven.

Frank was rushed to Toumey Regional Medical Center and later released.  He is back and home with his family and has made a full recovery.

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