11-year-old delivers baby cousin at home
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- An 11-year-old girl and a 911 dispatcher became heroes after a South Florida mother went into labor at home.
Less then 2 weeks old, Jose Francisco Alonzo is already making headlines.
Shamika Rollins is a 911 dispatcher in Boynton Beach. When Jose's mother went into labor at home, her 11-year-old niece call 911. "My baby cousin was born in the house, so then my mom told me to call the ambulance, so I did," said Eulalia Pedro.
Rollins found herself walking the family through child labor over the phone. "This is why I became a dispatcher. This is why I do what I do," said Rollins.
Rollins: "What's the problem? Tell me exactly what happened?
Pedro: "Um ... the baby is trying to come."
What Pedro did next was very important.
Pedro: "Um, like the baby is trying to come. They baby just came out right now."
Rollins: "The baby came out?"
Rollins: "So someone is actually holding the baby?"
Pedro: "No, um, it's just like, she's like having it down like on her."
Rollins: "OK, so the baby is laying on her chest now?"
Rollins then instructed the family to wipe Jose's mouth, nose and wrap him in a clean towel.
Pedro, who remained on the phone throughout Jose's birth, said it made for a scary few moments. "I thought the baby was dying, but then they told me it was alive," she said.
Thanks to Rollins' instructions, Jose is perfectly fine.
When paramedics arrived at the home, they rushed mom and baby to the hospital. They are both now doing fine at home.
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