10 year old Jayden Fontenot never expected to be a hero, but when his mom unexpectedly went into labor on August 11, Jayden sprang into action. His mom, Ashley Moreau went to the bathroom when her water broke, but her husband had already left for work. The quick-thinking Jayden ran to his grandmother’s next door to call 911, but both he and his mom knew there wouldn’t be time to wait for the paramedics to arrive before she gave birth to the baby.
Moreau told reporters, “When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘OK Mom, just tell me what I need to do.’ He didn’t look scared, he looked calm and brave and I said ‘OK I’m going to tell you what to do and we need to get your brother out as fast as possible because he’s breech and he can’t breathe.”
Jayden helped to carefully pull the baby out by his legs, but noticed immediately that his baby brother wasn’t breathing. Without stopping to think, the 10 year old ran to the kitchen for the nasal aspirator, and returned to clear the baby’s nose. Shortly after the delivery, paramedics arrived to transfer the whole party to a hospital. Moreau’s husband, Kelsey Richard had already left for work that morning when Moreau’s water broke, and things progressed so quickly, he didn’t hear about the birth until Moreau, Jayden, and the newborn were already at the hospital.
Moreau’s newborn son, whom she named Dax, spent several days recovering in the Sulphur, Louisiana hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Fontenot on the other hand was surprised at his elementary school a few days after his heroic action saved his mom and brother. The Sulphur, Louisiana mayor arrived at his school for a special assembly honoring Fontenot, where he named August 11 “Jayden Fontenot Day” in Sulphur.
For his part in the birth, Fontenot just said, “I wasn’t even thinking, I was just amazed. I didn’t know what was going on.” His mom added afterwards, “I am so proud of him. He is brave, he is strong, he is my hero. I’m just so proud of him. He saved me and his brother’s life.”