12-year-old hero explains how she saved baby cousin's life

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Imtisal Mohamed, 12, (left) saved her baby cousin, Talia, from drowning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and Family photos) Imtisal Mohamed, 12, (left) saved her baby cousin, Talia, from drowning. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and Family photos)
Imtisal explained what happened to Kim Quintero. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Imtisal explained what happened to Kim Quintero. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Talia and her parents (Source: Family photos) Talia and her parents (Source: Family photos)
Our young hero says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. (Source: Family photos) Our young hero says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. (Source: Family photos)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 12-year-old Glendale girl is being called a hero after saving her baby cousin's life when she fell into a backyard pool over the weekend.

"If nobody was there around her, she would have died," said Imtisal Mohamed.

Imtisal and her family were getting ready for a party at a nearby park Sunday afternoon.

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Her dad and his cousin were packing up their barbecue gear when the sixth grader from Glendale American Elementary School noticed her 18-month-old baby cousin, Talia Adam, was in the pool -- alone.

"I came back outside and I found her floating in the water," Imtisal said. "Nobody was around her. So I just unlocked the door and ran all the way to the pool and jumped in and got her, and I was screaming and crying."

Wearing her best dress, Imtisal acted without hesitation.

I asked her what made her get up and run to the pool. Imtisal's answer was simple

"My heart," she said.

Baby Talia was in bad shape when Imtisal got to her and pulled her out of the water.

"She wasn't even breathing, nothing," the young hero said.

It's not clear exactly how long Talia had been in the water, but Imtisal estimates it was longer than a minute.

"She had a lot of water. When they were doing CPR, a lot of water was coming out," she said.

Imtisal's mom called 911. With the help of Glendale firefighters, baby Talia started breathing and was screaming when she was taken to the hospital.

"I saved her life," Imtisal said.

Photos of baby Talia taken at the hospital Monday morning showed she was all smiles.

"She's very good. She's talking and eating and laughing," Imtisal said.

All thanks to a brave young lady who proves that not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear their best dresses.

"I'm proud of myself," Imtisal said.

Baby Talia was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Imtisal told me she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She's off to a good start.

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