12-year-old delivers baby brother

CAMPBELL RIVER, BC (CTV NEWS/CNN) - A 12-year-old from Canada is a hero to his family after helping his mother deliver his baby brother before she could make it to the hospital.

It turns out all the hospital dramas the boy, Gaelan Edwards, enjoys came in handy.

"This is not gonna be a home baby," Danielle Edwards said she remembered thinking to herself.

But it was too late. Before she could get to the emergency room, baby Caynan came into the world with more than a little help from big brother Gaelan.

"Gaelan, when you see the shoulders, I need you to hang on to his shoulders and I need you to pull him out," Edwards said she told her son.

It was instruction that Gaelen didn't need. He also likes to spend his time reading, and that includes medical books.

"Books have different ways to pull a baby out," he said. "I grabbed the shoulders. Baby was alright, started crying, so you know that's a healthy baby."

After helping ease his sibling out, he clamped the umbilical cord and used kitchen scissors to cut it. He then helped his mother push out the placenta and cleaned and wrapped his new brother in a blanket.

"It was gross when I cut the cord 'cause I cut it, blood was squirting out," he said.

He was matter of fact about the birthing process.

"Had to wash my hands… yeah," he said.

Gaelen now knows more about where babies come from than most 12-year-olds.

"I held him and saw him before anybody, even mom," he said.

It's a special bond the brothers share and the birth already has Gaelen considering medical school.

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