14-Year-Old Helps Her Sister Give Birth on the Interstate, Uses Shoelace to Tie Off Umbilical Cord

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2014   |   3:17PM   |   Dover, DE

In a heroic act to help her big sister, a teenage girl assisted in giving birth to her baby on the interstate and used her own shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord.

shoelaceMom-to-be Kelsea Marcus, 21, was on her way to hospital to give birth and her little sister Kennedy Smith, 14 and pictured below right, was in the car with her. However, the baby decided that she could not wait to be born and they pulled their vehicle over at a state welcome center in Delaware. Kennedy called 911 and they told her how to take care of the newborn.

Mom, baby, aunt and grandmother were taken to the hospital where they are doing well. Kennedy tells the media she plans to become a doctor someday — but she will be ahead of her classmates in having already delivered a baby.

“Everyone was going crazy, so someone had to stay calm and keep everything together,” Kennedy told Fox 29.

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“We got in the car and she said she felt the head coming,” said Kennedy Smith.

14-year-old Kennedy Smith had quite the weekend. Just hours after being nominated to the homecoming court at Appoquinimink High School Saturday night, she was helping deliver her baby niece.

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“I just feel like I had to be the one to keep calm when everyone else is going crazy,” said Kennedy.

Her mother, Kellie, was behind the wheel of her Lexus speeding up I-95 from Middletown, Delaware. Her pregnant sister, Kelsea, was in the passenger seat they were just minutes away from Christiana hospital, but baby wasn’t waiting.

Karter Zoe Marcus came into the world 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, going about 80 miles an hour I-95, somewhere near Newark, Delaware.

“I’m proud of both my daughters. One delivered her own baby healthy, strong, and one helped with the delivery, so I’m just proud of both of them,” said grandmother Kellie-Ann Smith.