Kylie Lafferty recovering at home after fall into septic tank

MARICOPA, AZ - A Maricopa girl is back home and sticking close to her mother's side after a traumatic experience this past weekend.

Kylie Lafferty had been in a Mesa children's hospital since Saturday after falling 7 feet into a septic tank .

Emily Howard says she was roaming a Maricopa swap meet with her daughter when the 22-month-old suddenly disappeared into the ground.

The little girl was submerged for about six minutes as two men worked to pull her out.

Once above ground, Howard says Kylie was turning blue and didn't have a pulse until a woman started rescue breaths on the little girl.

Howard says Kylie has been scared ever since and very clingy.

Doctors will have to monitor the girl for any infection. She could develop asthma because sludge got into her lungs. She's also at risk of seizures because her brain went without oxygen for a few minutes.

Howard says all that matters right now is she gets to hug her daughter.

"I thought I wasn't gonna have her anymore, I thought I'd never be able to do this again," Howard said.

She's also looking forward to meeting the three heroic strangers who saved her daughter's life and getting the chance to thank them in person.

"I'll hug all of them for 30 minutes each and cry," Howard said, "Amazing complete strangers would just go that far to help me and Kylie. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here now, she wouldn't be here now."

One of those good Samaritans is a man who just got out of prison two weeks ago on drug and assault charges.

Henry Ricketts said he didn't try to save the girl for the recognition but because he wanted to do the right thing.

"I made the bad decisions, but I changed my life now," Ricketts said.

He says the good deed is just the start of his new life.

All three heroes will be honored by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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