10-Year-Old Saves the Lives of His Mom and Baby Brother in Home Delivery

 Jayden Fontenot family
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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are mothers shielding their children from falling trees and sometimes they're an older brother with quick-thinking skills. When 10-year-old Jayden Fontenot delivered his baby brother and helped save the lives of both his mother and his sibling, he proved that anyone can be a lifesaver.

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On the morning of August 11, 36-year-old Ashly Moreau had just sent her fiancé off to work when her water broke in the family's home in Sulphur, Louisiana. Looking down, she noticed that she could see the baby's feet, signaling a breech baby. With her set due date still weeks away on September 20 -- and with the growing complications -- she immediately called for help. 

Ashly sent her 10-year-old son Jayden to his grandmother Francis Soileau's home next door, but the woman was unable to walk due to a recent surgery. After making a call to 911, Jayden rushed back home to help his mother. 

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"'I said [to Jayden], 'You're going to deliver your brother, and we have to do it fast because the baby's feet are turning blue and he can't breathe,'" Moreau told Today. "He said, 'Tell me what I need to do and I'll do it.'"

With his mother bleeding profusely from what doctors would later discover to be a detached placenta -- and with his younger brother steadily losing oxygen -- Jayden followed his mother's instructions perfectly. He rotated the baby out of the breech position and coached his mom through the delivery -- but once the baby was out, he still wasn't breathing.

Immediately, Jayden rushed to find the nasal aspirator that his 11-month-old sister uses and then began to pump air through the baby's nose and mouth. 

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The baby, later named Daxx, began breathing just as emergency medical technicians arrived at the family's home.

Both Daxx and Ashly are faring well, and seem very appreciative of Jayden's calm demeanor and quick thinking. "I said to Jayden, 'You'll always have a special bond with your brother,''' Moreau told Today. "I'm just so proud of him. He saved our lives."

Because of his heroism, Jayden is set to receive honors from the mayor and local EMTs at his school. 

While it may be years before baby Daxx is able to fully appreciate what his brother did for him, we have no doubt that he'll be just as amazed at his big brother as we are.  

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