Darci Gillen Dawson gets chills when she thinks about what happened on July 9, 2016.

"Gosh, it was every parent's nightmare.”

The nightmare happened when she and her family were on vacation in Montana and hanging out near a creek.

"The last thing I thought I was going to see when I glanced over my shoulder was not a living baby drifting down the water," she said.

That baby was 18-month-old Kaden Sluggett who got away from his family and somehow fell into the creek.

"He was gray. He was not alive at that moment, and I just took off running downstream yelling at my parents to take my kids into the cabin and call 911."

Kaden's family ran to the creek and also called 911 around the time Darci rescued him from the water. She started to perform CPR. Twenty minutes later the baby took his first breath.

"That'll prove it to you that CPR does really work. That little guy had been in the water for at least six minutes before I got to him."

It was especially a miracle considering Darci has never has never had to use CPR, and the last time she took a class was 10 years ago.

Thankfully Kaden did not suffer from any brain damage.

Darci was able to visit him in the hospital.

"I just cried, it was such a relief. The mom was so cute because she was so thankful as you can imagine. He was crying and she kept saying, 'I'm sorry, he's kind of cranky.' I said ‘that’s OK -- I want to hear this baby cry!’"

And even though she's now miles away, she's still grateful she was able to save a life.

"There's no better feeling than that, that's for sure."