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Girl, 9, Helps Deliver Baby Sister, Prevents Umbilical Cord Strangulation

Fri, January 3, 2014 1:27pm EDT by 1 Comment
Girl Delivers Moms Baby
Courtesy of ABC

So incredible! A young girl, 9, helped deliver her baby sister when her mom went into labor at home. Remembering a TV show birth she saw, she even successfully saved the baby’s life when the umbilical cord got wrapped around her twice!

Alyssa Meza, 9, jumped into action when her mother, Monique Meza unexpectedly went into early labor in their Little Village, Chicago home. Not only did the young girl help her mom successfully deliver her baby sister, Aaliyah, she even saved the baby’s life when the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Alyssa saw a similar story happen on a TV medical drama, so she remembered exactly how to help!

Girl Delivers Mom’s Baby: Child Saved Home Birth With Umbilical Cord Compilation

Alyssa was a true hero when her mom went into labor early and quickly felt the baby coming, and calmed her mom down so she could give birth.

“She said she felt the baby coming out and I told her to push the baby out and I’ll catch the baby. She got scared. And I [caught] the baby, grabbed the towel and wrapped her around,” Alyssa told ABC.

“The umbilical cord was actually around the baby. It was like [twice] around. So I had to unwrap it a little and I ran next door to grab my neighbor because the baby was a little purple,” she explained.

Girl’s Family Shocked She Knew How To Deliver Baby

Alyssa’s family was shocked that she knew so many steps that needed to happen to save her sister’s life.

Responding firefighters told Alyssa’s aunt, Samantha Meza, what the young girl did and she was floored. “The firefighters, they said ‘Your niece delivered the baby.’ I was like ‘No, she didn’t,'” Samantha told ABC of her disbelief.

Alyssa’s mom always knew her daughter was smart, but was surprised that she helped so flawlessly. “I expected it from her, but not as much maturity that she has shown me, at her age, very mature. I know she has a bright future ahead of her and I am very, very proud of her,” Monique said.

Alyssa said that she wants to be a paramedic when she grows up — and it already seems like she will be a great one!

— Maxine Studebaker

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