The Short of It
When a Marietta, Georgia, mom felt her baby coming out at home, the only person on hand to help her deliver him was her preteen son.
An 11-year-old boy, who wants to be a doctor when he grows up, got some early practice this week. His medical training began when James Dukes heard his mom screaming and went to see what was going on.
"My son ran in the room. 'Mom, are you OK?' I'm like, 'Nooo!'" Kenyarda Dukes told AJC.com about the dire situation. He immediately called 911, but paramedics did not arrive in time, so James followed their instructions on how to deliver the baby.
"They told me what to do. To get towels and wrap the baby up," he explained.
Now that baby Royal Dukes has safely entered the world, the new mom says she couldn't be more proud of his big brother. "My son was brave. He didn't shake. He didn't budge," she said. "I was like, 'Oh my God, somebody help me!' He did a wonderful job and I'm proud of him." Meanwhile James' dad says he acted like a true man of the house.
For his part, the experience made James want to pursue medicine as a career when he gets older. Kenyarda's doctor is already volunteering his time to help the young boy achieve that goal. "I'm anticipating James to spend some time with me at the office, and we'll help James make his dream come true to be a physician," Dr. Brown said. Kudos to this brave—and levelheaded—boy!