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Eight-year-old South Tampa girl helps deliver newborn brother

Jazmine McEnaney, 8, holds her brother, Joseph, after helping deliver the boy as a 911 operator gave her instructions.
Jazmine McEnaney, 8, holds her brother, Joseph, after helping deliver the boy as a 911 operator gave her instructions.
Published May 13, 2014

TAMPA — An 8-year-old girl helped deliver her baby brother Monday as a 911 dispatcher talked mother and daughter along until rescue workers arrived and finished the job.

And it was all caught on audio recording.

The 29-year-old expecting South Tampa mother, Krystle Garcia, called 911 shortly after 7 a.m. having gone into labor. Tampa Fire Rescue dispatched paramedics to the home in the 4700 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Garcia said later that while labor for her first pregnancy in a hospital lasted more than 20 hours, this time at home it was over in minutes, and the dispatcher's relaxed tone offered her a sense of relief.

"If it wasn't for her being calm as she was, it would've been a lot worse," she said.

Garcia said she was especially worried because there was a lot of blood.

"She's in so much pain," her daughter, Jazmine McEnaney, told dispatchers after the call was placed to 911 Monday morning.

That can mean things are moving along. And sure enough, baby brother started making his arrival, as the dispatcher, who is not identified, calmly told his welcoming committee what to expect.

"Can you get some dry towels and a blanket to wrap the baby in and try to find a string or shoelace and maybe a safety pin, if you can?" she told Jazmine.

The dispatcher guided the two as the baby started to emerge, with the daughter supporting his head and getting a perhaps earlier than expected biology lesson.

"Oh my God, she's freaking out, she's only 8 years old," Garcia said on the recording.

Yet she stuck it through and dutifully followed the dispatcher's instructions until the arrival of paramedics, who can be heard arriving toward the end of the eight-minute recording. They would take over from there.

Garcia said she was very proud of her daughter for handling it so well, with the dispatcher helping to calm her down.

"Even though she was telling her what to do, that's a lot for an 8-year-old," Garcia said.

The baby, who was named Joseph James Snyder, was delivered successfully and mother and son were taken to Tampa General Hospital in good condition, according to Fire Rescue.

And after the fright, Jazmine wasn't leaving her mother's side.

"I think it's something that's brought us closer," Garcia said.


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