The bond between brothers is undeniable. Whether it's their competitive nature in sports, games or their search for adventure and exploration, having a sibling definitely changes our child's life.
This big brother will certainly have a great story for his little brother, Daxx, about the day he was born.
10-year-old Jayden Fontenot not only helped his mother Ashly Moreau, deliver his baby brother on the bathroom floor in their family's home, his quick thinking saved the newborn's life.
The 36-year-old mother from Sulphur, Louisiana, had gotten up to go to the bathroom the morning of August 11 when her water broke unexpectedly. The baby's due date wasn't until September 20, so she wasn't prepared for what happened next.
When she looked down she incredibly saw the baby's feet sticking out, which meant her baby boy was in the breech position, which increase the risks of complications during delivery.
“My water broke and I looked down and my son’s feet were hanging out,” Ashly said.
With her fiance Kelsey Richard, already gone to work, Ashly was home alone with ther 11-month-old daughter and 10-year-old son. That's when she called to her son Jayden, for help.
She sent him next door to alert his grandmother, Francis Soileau. She, however, had just had back surgery and wasn't able to walk, so she called 911 as Jayden sprinted home to help his mom.
"I said (to Jayden), 'You're going to have to deliver your brother, and we have to do it fast because the baby's feet are turning blue and he can't breathe,'' Ashly said. "He said, 'Tell me what I need to do and I'll do it.'''
Ashly was losing a lot of blood, from what doctors later told her was most likely her placenta detaching from the wall of her uterus because of the premature birth.
"I was crying, but I just tried to stay calm and collected,'' she said. "Jayden was so calm that it made me more calm. I could see he was scared, but he knew he had to do it."
With some instructions from his mom, Jayden was able to move Daxx out of the breach position by rotating him.
“I wasn’t even thinking, I was amazed,” Jayden said. “I had to pull him by the legs — not hard, gently.”
Ashly and Jayden safely delivered little Daxx, but something was wrong, which caused his big brother to spring into action.
When Daxx was born, he wasn't breathing.
“It didn’t look like [the baby] was breathing,” Ashly said. “His feet were purple.”
Jayden rushed into the kitchen to grab a nasal aspirator the family had for 11-month-old Remi. Together with his mom, they started pumping air into Daxx's nose and mouth.
Just as the emergency medical technicians arrived with the ambulance, little Daxx started to breath. They rushed the family to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital where they were joined by new dad Kelsey.
It was believed that if Jayden hadn't acted the way he did, the baby would have never recovered and his mom would have likely bled out.
Daxx is doing well and is expected to be able to come home from hospital in another week.
“I don’t think he understands how heavy this is,” the proud mom said. “He saved me and his brother’s life. He is my hero.”
"Every time I think about it, I just cry,'' Moreau said. "I don't think Jayden understands what he's done and how big it is."