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Boy who almost drowned meets his rescuers after 'incredible recovery'

The Eagan 6-year-old was found floating in a pool in May.

A young boy who almost died after falling into a pool at an Eagan apartment complex met his rescuers on Wednesday after an "incredible recovery."

Gedion Demissew was with his sister when they snuck out of their apartment home and into the pool area of a nearby complex when he fell in.

On Wednesday Gedion, who is now 6 years old but was 5 at the time, met with Aheed Boulis and Aaron Titel for the first time since the emergency on May 22.

They were the first to get to the pool and pull the boy from the water. After initially being shy to meet the pair, Gedion then gave Titel "a big hug."

According to KSTP, Gideon's father Tesfaye told the two men: "Thank you, I really appreciate for everything. He's alive because of them."

Titel, a construction worker, gave Gedion CPR after pulling him from the pool as they waited for first responders to arrive, the City of Eagan says.

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Among the first to get there was Eagan patrol officer Tyler Goodling, who said on Wednesday: "Just knowing it’s a 5 year old in a pool, all you can think is I just want to get there. When I saw him it looked like he was gone."

Gedion was released from hospital after 2 weeks of treatment, making what the city called an "incredible recovery" after being near death.

Officer Goodling said he was "blown away" at meeting the boy for the first time since the near-drowning, saying: "You would never know he even went through that."

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