Child 'awake, sitting up' after sister's sacrifice on Chattahoochee River | News
CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — A local family is mourning the loss of a 14-year-old girl who they say died while heroically saving her little sister from drowning.
Alyssa Calhoun of Newnan passed away Friday.
She and her sister Kendall were swimming in the Chattahoochee River when they lost their swim noodle.
On Saturday, 11Alive learned that 6-year-old Kendall is "now awake and sitting up" at Children’s Healthcare at Egleston. The 6-year-old was airlifted there Friday and spent much of the weekend in the Intensive care unit.
The family posted on their crowd-funding page shortly after 1 p.m. that the doctors are calling her recovery amazing.
Kendall and her older sister Alyssa, or Allie as the family calls her, were swimming near the McIntosh Reserve Park in Carroll County on Friday when the fun turned tragic.
They were floating on a swim noodle but officials said the current was too strong and the girls lost control.
The family said Alyssa heroically saved her little sister’s life but lost her own life in the process.
Newnan High School, where Alyssa was a freshman, will have grief counselors on hand at the school Monday morning.