Hometown Hero Matthew Davis & Alexis Slayton

By: Elsa Bolt
By: Elsa Bolt

Those close to 13-year-old Makayla Davis say she wouldn't be alive if it weren't for her brother, Matthew, and best friend, Alexis. The three were taking a swim when Makayla dove in and hit her head at the bottom of the pool. "A couple seconds later, she floated up, she might have been unconscious for a couple of seconds, but when we flipped her over, she was conscious, but she was choking and coughing," says 14-year-old Matthew Davis, a hometown hero. Matthew and Alexis then sprang into action. The two carefully held Makayla above the water and lifted her out of the pool, all while getting help.
"Just standing there with her in my arms, just played in my mind, saying she is your friend and you need to help her and don't worry, she is going to be okay," says 13-year-old Alexis Slayton, a hometown hero. "I just tried to keep my cool most of the time and tried to stay calm and just made sure I got her out of the pool, that was my main thing," says Matthew. Makayla was airlifted to the hospital. She suffered a broken neck and underwent surgery, but her mom says she is defying odds and recovering well. "According to her injuries, she shouldn't be doing anything. Her injury is pretty much she is paralyzed from the underarms down and she's got movement all over her body so she is my miracle," says Jennifer Logsdon, the mother of Matthew and Makayla. Makayla's mom also has advice for parents.
"Talk to your kids about pool safety. Seriously, sit down and say, this is what we don't do. My daughter is an example of what could happen and her situation is the best worst case scenario," says Logsdon. She along with other family members of Matthew and Alexis couldn't be prouder of them. "Makayla wouldn't be here without them and they did a miraculous job, they are heroes," says Mahogany Morrison, Matthew and Makayla's sister. "It could be completely different from what it was. I'm just very proud of them. There's really no words, no words to describe how proud I am of them," says Ashley Slayton, the mother of Alexis. For saving Makayla's life, We honor Matthew Davis and Alexis Slayton as this week's Hometown Hero. Makayala has since been released from the hospital and is now walking.

If you would like to donate to help pay for her medical costs, you can check out the website www.Caringbridge.Org/visit/makayladavis

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