With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey leaving destruction all across the south and racial tensions and political divisions raging everywhere the eye can see, it’s good sometimes to take a break, step back, suck in a deep breath, and be reminded that not everything happening the in the world is so bad.
As a Christian, I’m the kind of person who believes that human life is precious, to be preserved, protected, defended, and saved at all costs, which is why I’m pro-life and 100 percent against abortion in any and all forms, no matter how far along a woman is or isn’t.
Unfortunately, we tend to live in a culture that now seemingly values death more than life, especially when that life would interfere with the convenience of an individual and put a damper on their plans and finances.
This is why, whenever I happen to stumble across a story where life is preserved, particularly that of a child, I’m more than eager to write the piece up and share it with as many people as possible. Not only is it good for a smile, but it combats that culture of death I was talking about a second ago.
The story of a mother, her unborn baby, and her 10-year-old hero son is just that kind of tale.
Ashley Moreau was 34 weeks along in her pregnancy when her water broke in the bathroom of her home. The house was empty except for her 10-year-old son, Jayden, who ran next door where his grandma lived. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to help much, as she was recovering from surgery, but she did manage to call 911.
That’s when something truly miraculous happened that this mother and son will never, ever forget.
Jayden then helped his mother deliver his baby brother Jax, who was in the breach position, by gently pulling on his legs. He even aspirated fluids out of the newborn’s nose to help him breathe.
It is thought that Moreau would have bled out and the baby perished if Jayden hadn’t been so quick thinking and cool headed. Jayden was given the key to his city of Sulphur, Louisiana, in recognition of his bravery.
Here’s a few more details via Fox News:
Fontenot’s stepfather, Kelsey Richard, had already left for work, and the boy knew his mother and baby brother couldn’t wait for paramedics to arrive, KPLC reported.
“When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘OK Mom, just tell me what I need to do,’” Moreau told KPLC. “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.”
Fontenot then gently pulled the baby out by his legs but noticed that he was not breathing, KPLC reported. The quick-thinking big brother ran to the kitchen for a nasal aspirator to clear the baby’s nose.
Paramedics arrived shortly after and the two were transferred to a local hospital where doctors called Fontenot’s actions life-saving.
Fontenot’s baby brother, named Dax, has been recovering in the hospital’s NICU but is expected to be released in the coming days.
How beautiful is that?
There’s little doubt this young man and his baby brother will likely end up being the best of friends as they grow up together. And no doubt the boy’s stepfather is feeling extremely grateful that this young hero was home to save his wife and son from what was sure to be their last day on earth.
What a wonderful example of a young man who values life and didn’t hesitate to jump into action to do his part to preserve and protect it.
Our world is in desperate need of young men like Jayden, who are calm and cool under pressure, able to think and act clearly despite a tense and scary situation.
Heroes need to be rewarded for their actions, though it’s obvious Jayden didn’t do this for the attention. Hopefully as his story spreads around the web he will put smiles on the faces of those who desperately need one, and remind even the most cynical among us that good people still exist.