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“He saved me and his brother’s life. He is my hero.”

Meghan Overdeep
August 22, 2017

Ashly Moreau was 34 weeks pregnant when she unexpectedly went into labor in her Sulphur, Louisiana bathroom on August 11th.

“My water broke and I looked down and my son’s feet were hanging out,” Moreau told KPLC. The baby was breech, and they were both in serious danger.

Moreau’s husband had just left to work, and she was home alone with her 11-month-old daughter and 10-year-old son, Jayden Fontenot. Moreau called out to him and told him to run next door to his grandmother’s house. His grandmother called 911 but was unable to help deliver the baby. With emergency services on the way Fontenot returned home to find his mother bleeding out on the bathroom floor.

The 10-year-old calmly asked his mother how he could help.

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"He just took a deep breath and said, 'OK, Mom, just tell me what I need to do,'" Moreau recalled to 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 breeched and he can't breathe.'"

So Fontenot crouched down and pulled on his little brother’s purple feet.

“I wasn’t even thinking, I was amazed,” Fontenot told KPLC. “I had to pull him by the legs — not hard, gently.”

When he realized the baby wasn’t breathing, he sprang into action yet again. Thinking quickly, the young boy ran into the kitchen and grabbed his little sister’s nasal aspirator and used it to clear the infant’s nose—an action that saved his brother’s life.

Paramedics arrived shortly after and brought mother and baby to the hospital where they both fully recovered. Moreau told KPLC that if not for Fontenot’s heroic response, both she and the baby would have died. “I don’t think he understands how heavy this is,” she added. “He saved me and his brother’s life. He is my hero.”