August 24, 2019
A nine-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida, has been hailed as a hero after helping his mother deliver his baby sister by listening to a 911 dispatcher's instructions.
Lindell Lyons was eating breakfast and watching TV on August 6 when his mom, Shanelle Brantley, went into labor, ABC Action News reported.
"I was just in shock like I didn't know what was gonna happen," Lindell told the TV station of that fateful day.
But the young man didn’t let the shock hold him back. Shanelle told him she’d gone into labor and asked him to call 911. Lindell did precisely as his mom directed, told the dispatchers his mom was having a baby and listened to their instructions.
'I was kind of nervous at the same time for him, but I said I knew he could do it' ~ Shanelle Brantley
Throughout the process, Lindell said he was “thinking, trying to remember” what the person on the other end of the line said. That person, according to the station, was Jared McYeo, a communications training officer with Tampa Fire Rescue.
"He did a fabulous job. He's the one that deserves all the credit,” McYeo said of Lindell. “He really held his cool, he went and followed the instructions to the letter and helped his mom deliver his baby sister.”
The officer added that his personal experience helped him to better take Lindell through the process of delivering the newborn.
"I'm getting ready to have a baby on Friday so all I was thinking about was 'okay, what if I had to do this,' you know somebody had to tell me how to do this. I would want it to be explained the best possible way, the easiest way. But talking to little kids on 911, they're amazing, they're far better than adults in my opinion."
Lindell’s sister, Princess Annette Brantley, was delivered safely, weighing 6 pounds and 14 ounces, ABC Action News reported.
The mom, Shanelle, confessed that she was initially nervous, but needn’t have been.
"It was a kind of a dream to me. I was kind of nervous at the same time for him, but I said I knew he could do it. I knew he could do it," she said. “He [Lindell] was cool and calm and collected, and she just came out.”
Now, Lindell says he feels like a “hero” and can’t wait to tell his little sister the story of her birth even if “she’s probably not going to believe me.”
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