Baby delivered with brother's help

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Canadian boy says he was able to adroitly help deliver his baby brother because he watched "a bunch of medical shows" on television.

Danielle Edwards of Campbell River says she woke up "in hard labor" about 2 a.m. Saturday and realized she wasn't going to make it to a hospital, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday.


"I couldn't even get up. I was already in the process of pushing," she told the news network. "There was nothing I could do."

Her son Gaelen was awakened by her calls for help and when the 12-year-old walked into her bedroom he saw the baby coming out of her womb.

"I grabbed him by the shoulders and his head was resting on my wrists," he said. "Then I gently pulled him out and laid him on the bed."

Next, he went to the kitchen to grab scissors to cut the umbilical cord. He clamped off the cord and cut it himself, the CBC said.

How did he know what to do?

"I watch a bunch of medical [TV] shows," Gaelen explained.

The boys' father, Kendall Strong, called his older son a hero.


"He saved his brother's life," Strong said. "He was calm. He didn't freak out. It was awesome."

The mother and newborn were then taken to the hospital where both were doing fine. The baby weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

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