9-year-old boy helps deliver baby sister


A 9-year-old boy helped his mother deliver a baby girl with help from a Tampa Fire Rescue dispatcher.

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TAMPA, Fla. — A family in Tampa has a lot to celebrate: a new bundle of joy who made a surprise appearance and her 9-year-old brother who helped their mother through labor.

Princess Anntte Brantley’s family said she was born on August 6 weighing 6 pounds and 14 ounces.

“I see that she’s cute and I think, I think she’s having a good dream,” her big brother Lindell Lyons said. He can’t stop looking at her. “I was just in shock, like I didn’t know what was gonna happen,” he said.

Lyons said while he was eating breakfast and watching TV his mom, Shanelle Brantley, told him to call 911. She said she had gone into labor. “He was cool and calm and collected, and she just came out,” Brantley said.

Lyons called 911, told dispatchers his mom was having a baby and followed their instructions. “I was thinking, trying to remember what they said,” Lyons said.

Jared McYeo, a communications training officer with Tampa Fire Rescue, was on the other end of the call following protocol. “He did a fabulous job. He’s the one that deserves all the credit. He really held his cool, he went and followed the instructions to the letter and helped his mom deliver his baby sister,” McYeo said.

McYeo said he’s delivered two other babies in his decade as a dispatcher, but none with someone so young on the other end of the call. “I’m getting ready to have a baby on Friday so all I was thinking about was, ‘OK, what if I had to do this,’ you know, (what if) somebody had to tell me how to do this. I would want it to be explained the best possible way, the easiest way,” McYeo said. “But talking to little kids on 911, they’re amazing; they’re far better than adults, in my opinion.”

A little more than a week later, mom and baby are doing well. “It was kind of a dream to me. I was kind of nervous at the same time for him, but I said I knew he could do it,” Brantley said.

Lyons said he’s proud of himself. “I feel like a hero,” he said.

The young hero now has quite a story and he can’t wait to share it with his new sister. “I’ll start off from beginning to end. And every single detail,” he said. But, Lyons said, she just might not believe it.

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