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Texas mother finds her twin toddlers in backyard pool

February 24, 2019

Demi Schroeder, the mother of twin boys, woke up to a nightmare last weekend.

Her twin sons, Noah and Levi, were not in their bedroom. The three were visiting Schroeder’s grandmother in Cedar Creek, Texas, two weeks after her grandfather died.

“I woke up Saturday morning, early in the morning, and they’re not in the room,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder and her grandmother split up, looking for the toddlers.

“All of a sudden I heard my nanny say ‘they’re in the pool back here,’ and I ran from the front yard to the backyard and my grandma was pulling my kids out of the pool,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder thinks the boys were in the pool for just minutes and that Noah, the twin with the bright blue eyes, went in first because he loved the water.

Schroeder called 911 and, within minutes, Bastrop County sheriff’s deputies were there.

“They split up and started doing CPR on my babies,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder said she believes Levi went in the water after his brother, because his heart started beating first.

“He got a pulse and a heartbeat back at the house,” she said.

The boys were transported to the hospital by ambulance and by air.

Noah put up a fight for his own life at the hospital but passed away. A “donate life” flag flies in honor of the toddler, whose organs were donated to five patients.

Schroeder said she has turned her full attention to Levi, her surviving son, who still hasn’t given up. The boy is now breathing on his own. “Right now we’re just fighting for Levi and that’s all we’re worried about is him,” said Schroeder. “Any love and support anybody can give us is what we need and what we want right now.”