Normally a newborn baby is the star of the show but this time, Jazmine McEnaney, 8, may qualify for best supporting actress.
Her mother, Krystle Garcia, 29, went into early labor at 38 weeks on Monday in Tampa Bay and Garcia was panicked because she was “bleeding excessively.” She had her daughter call 911 and Jazmine was able to follow the instructions of a 911 dispatcher, such as supporting the head and shoulders of the baby as it emerged.
Help arrived within minutes and finished the delivery and Joseph James Snyder was born without complications.
Can you get some dry towels and a blanket to wrap the baby in and try to find a string or shoelace and maybe a safety pin, if you can?’ she told Jazmine.
The string of shoelace is used to tie off the umbilical chord, while the safety pin would be used to tear the amniotic sac – or bag of waters – if it has not broken naturally.
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The dispatcher guided the two as the baby started to emerge, with Jazmine following instructions to hold the boy’s head and support his shoulders.
‘Oh my God, she’s freaking out – she’s only 8 years old,’ Garcia said on the recording.
But Jazmine kept it together, with paramedics arriving within minutes and taking over.