It’s a story he’ll be able to tell for the rest of his life and thankfully, his little brother will be around to listen. His mother will be there, too.
That’s because Jayden Moreau isn’t your ordinary 10-year-old; this kid is mature well beyond his years, and his quick thinking resulted in an absolute miracle.
The story begins with Jayden’s mother, 36-year-old Ashly Moreau of Sulphur, Louisiana, who was pregnant with the newest member of the family, Daxx.
But well before she was due to give birth, Ashly’s water broke. There she was on the bathroom floor, bleeding profusely and seeing two little feet sticking out of her.
This meant the baby was initially in the breech position and her fiance, Kelsey Richard, had already left for work.
Jayden first sprinted next door to his grandmother’s, but she’d recently had surgery and was unable to walk. So it was all on the brave little boy.
As the terrified mother told Today:
“I said (to Jayden), ‘You’re going to have to deliver your brother, and we have to do it fast because the baby’s feet are turning blue and he can’t breathe.
“He said, ‘Tell me what I need to do and I’ll do it.”’
That’s quite the reaction for a 10-year-old. Most adults wouldn’t have been that calm.
Doctors would later tell Ashly she’d been bleeding because her placenta detached from the uterus wall, which can happen during premature birth.
But she didn’t know that and Jayden didn’t know that, nor did they know what was going to happen when Daxx was finally born.
It turns out the new baby wasn’t breathing so in a flash, Jayden rushed to the kitchen to grab a nasal aspirator Ashly uses on her 11-month-old daughter, Remi.
Then the brave boy helped his mother pump air into Daxx’s nose and mouth and amazingly enough, the baby started breathing right around the time emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
Daxx is now progressing well and the mother is fine, too. All thanks to Jayden.
News of the 10-year-old’s bravery has spread fast and now he’s going to be honored at Maplewood Middle School; the mayor and first responders will be in attendance.
As for Ashly, she still can’t believe it. She finished:
“Every time I think about it, I just cry. I don’t think Jayden understands what he’s done and how big it is.”