Tiny tot Maya O’Connor found out what big brothers are for within seconds of being born.
Mum Sammy gave birth in the bathroom with just three-year-old son McKenzie helping out. And after bringing towels to wrap his new sister in, the quick-thinking toddler ran to get mum’s mobile phone to ring 999 and then unlocked the front door to let paramedics in.
“He was a real hero,” said Sammy as she cuddled the 6lb 13oz new arrival at home in Whitefield Meadow, Bamber Bridge. “I don’t know what I would have done without him. I certainly don’t think I would have been as calm as I was.”
Baby Maya made her arrival in the world two weeks early with mum Sammy not realising she was in labour.
The 23-year-old got out of bed one morning to go to the toilet and found herself in the middle of a drama. “It all happened so fast,” she said. “I was sitting on the toilet and all of a sudden she was there.
“I didn’t know I was in labour because I had only just woken up. McKenzie must have heard me shouting and came running in. Maya was born there in the toilet and he witnessed everything.
“It was really, really scary, but McKenzie was brilliant. By this time I was on the bathroom floor and he went to get towels to wrap Maya in. I couldn’t get to my phone to call for help, so he went and got it for me. Then he let the ambulance crew in. They came in, cut the chord and wrapped Maya up. Then they took us to hospital.
“Having him there with me was a Godsend. I don’t think he realised what was going on, but he did everything mummy told him. Later he was a little in shock. But everyone was saying what a hero he was. I couldn’t be prouder of him.”
Sammy and Maya spent a night in hospital and returned home the following day. “Judging by the way McKenzie’s been with her he’ll make a great big brother,” said Mum.