The story of 11-year-old James Dukes delivering a baby is quickly going viral and the boy is being called a “guardian angel” after he sprang into action and delivered his baby brother with the help from a 911 dispatcher, WSB reports.
It all began when pregnant Kenyarda Dukes was relaxing at her home in Marietta, Georgia, when she suddenly started having contractions. It was clear her labor had begun. Only Dukes and her 11-year-old son, James, were home at the time.
“I was screaming and my son ran in the room. ‘Mom, are you OK?’ I’m like, ‘Nooo!'” Kenyarda Dukes told local media stations.
James soon realized that his mother was about to give birth. The boy called 911 and followed the instructions of the operator at the other end of the phone. He also handed the phone to his mother so that she knew what she had to do.
“It didn’t really scare me,” James said.”I called 911. They told me what to do. To get towels and wrap the baby up. It was more just like, let me clean the baby off, make sure he’s OK, make sure my mom’s OK,” he explained.
The conversation he had with the operator has now been released. James’ voice is clearly shaken up by the incident, but he stays calm.
“My mom just had a baby at the house and she needs somebody to come,” James says to the 911 dispatcher.
The dispatcher, responds, “OK, gently wipe off the baby’s mouth and nose, wrap him in a clean, dry towel.”
James got some towels and supported his mother. After several minutes, the baby was born. James carefully watched over his mother and healthy, newborn brother until emergency personnel arrived. According to CBS News, he remained by his mother’s side and wrapped the newborn baby in cloths.
James did exactly as he was told and is being hailed a hero after delivering his baby brother, Royal Dukes, into the world. The baby was healthy and weighed six pounds, nine ounces.
The boy’s mother and father are very proud of the heroism of their son.
“Words can’t express how proud I am. He is the epitome of when you tell your son that ‘you’re the man of the house so you have to take care of those responsibilities,’ and he did it to a ‘T,'” his father, who was at work at the time, said.
Speaking with reporters, Kenyarda Dukes had the following to say about her son.
“My son was brave. He didn’t shake. He didn’t budge. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Somebody help me.’ He did a wonderful job and I’m proud of him. He was my help, he was my guardian angel. He was the man, he was the doctor, he was my superhero.”
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