A heroic ten-year-old boy is being credited with saving the life of his mother and delivering his baby brother. Jayden Fontenot went into superhero mode when he noticed his newborn baby brother couldn’t breathe.
Ashley Moreau, of Sulpher, Louisiana, who was 34 weeks pregnant, said she went to use the bathroom on August 11th when her water broke. Jayden, her ten-year-old son, ran next door to alert his grandmother who called 911 and then readily returned eager to help his ailing mother.
Fontenot’s stepfather, Kelsey Richard, had already left for work, and the boy knew his mother and baby brother couldn’t wait for paramedics to arrive when he saw the blood on the bathroom floor, KPLC reported.
“When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘OK Mom, just tell me what I need to do,’” Moreau told KPLC. “He didn’t look scared, he looked calm and brave and I said ‘OK I’m going to tell you what to do and we need to get your brother out as fast as possible because he’s breech and he can’t breathe.”
The young boy then gently pulled the baby out by his tiny legs. Jayden then noticed that his baby brother was not breathing, KPLC reported. The quick-thinking big brother ran to the kitchen for a nasal aspirator to clear the baby’s nose. “I wasn’t even thinking, I was just amazed,” Fontenot said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
Paramedics arrived shortly after Jayden suctioned his brother’s nose and the baby and mother were transferred to a local hospital where doctors called Fontenot’s actions life-saving. “I am so proud of him,” Moreau told KPLC. “He is brave, he is strong, he is my hero. I’m just so proud of him. He saved me and his brother’s life.”
The city declared the young man a hero for saving the life of his mother and his brother and the mayor even gave him a key to the city.
— City of Sulphur, La. (@CityofSulphur) August 21, 2017
Jayden’s baby brother, named Dax, has been recovering in the hospital’s NICU but is expected to be released in the coming days. Jayden was recognized by the city’s mayor at a special assembly at his elementary school, and Aug. 11 has been declared “Jayden Fontenot Day.”
“You don’t hear about stuff like this,” Richard, Dax’s father, who didn’t find out what had happened until after everyone arrived at the hospital, told KPLC. “It’s amazing how brave and everything he was. Calm, collected, he saved their life. He’s a hero.”
Not all heroes wear capes. Jayden’s life-saving actions are ones we can all learn from and emulate.
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