An 11-year-old boy had an opportunity to test out his aspirations to become a physician when he helped his mother deliver his baby brother. On Tuesday, Kenyarda Dukes realized she was in active labor and there was no time to get to a hospital. Her son James was the only person home at the time and he stayed cool under pressure.
“I called 911. They told me what to do. To get towels and wrap the baby up,” he said.
James did just that, welcoming his new brother, Royal Dukes, into the world, weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces.
“Words can’t express how proud I am. He is the epitome of when you tell your son that ‘you’re the man of the hous,e so you have to take care of those responsibilities,’ and he did it to a ‘T,'” the boys’ father said.
James says he just did what he had to do.
Mother and baby are fine and now resting comfortably in the hospital.
“My son was brave. He didn’t shake. He didn’t budge. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Somebody help me.’ He did a wonderful job and I’m proud of him,” Kenyarda Dukes said.
Dr. Eric Brown was supposed to deliver the baby, but it was James who ended up practicing the emergency medicine.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this. I think James is very special,” Brown said. “The baby is doing fantastic. As you can see, his young doctor is taking very good care of him.”