Gaelan Edwards, 12, Delivers His Own Little Brother
Just when you were ready to yank the remote from your kids' hands, think again: 12-year-old Gaelan Edwards is proof that TV might come in handy someday.
The Canadian boy was watching television around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when he heard his pregnant mother, Danielle Edwards, calling for him. She was in labor.
According to the Globe and Mail, the baby's head was showing, and the boy had to act quickly. "Everything is going to be okay," he reassured his mom.
How did the boy know what to do? From reading medical books and watching hospital shows on TV, of course.
The Globe and Mail reports how Gaelan delivered his brother.
Gaelan, covered with blood and amniotic fluid up to his elbows, rested the baby’s head on his forearms as his mother pushed. He pulled the baby out by the shoulders and, without having to be told by his mother, ran to the kitchen to grab a pair of scissors and a clean paper-bag clamp. Returning to his mother’s room, he helped her push out her placenta and clamped and cut the umbilical cord. He then wrapped his crying baby brother in a blanket, called a friend of his mother’s, and washed up. It was all over in 20 minutes.
Gaelan admits that it was pretty gross, but also kind of cool to hold his new brother, Caynan, as soon as he was born. Thanks to the courageous boy, Caynan and Danielle are doing well.
And, it comes at no surprise that the 12-year-old hero hopes to become a doctor one day. We're thinking his dream is probably in reach.