A 10-year-old girl helped her mother give birth – a feat that has allowed her to live up to her name: Miracle.
On October 23, Viola Fair went into labor at home in Jennings, Missouri. He had a miraculous 911 call.
On the phone with Central County Emergency 911 dispatcher Scott Strongner, Merkel listened to instructions for her sister’s birth and remained calm the entire time.
On the call, Miracle was heard instructing her mother to lie down, assuring her that it was okay.
“He’s here!” She says as her sister is born.
“Is the baby breathing?” Stranghoener asks.
“Yeah, she’s crying right now,” Miracle replies.
“Well, you did a good job,” he tells the girl.
Miracle was the first to welcome her sister Jayla into the world.
North County Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post about the birth, “When Jayla arrived, Miracle was there with a towel to wipe her face and encourage her to cry and paramedics to arrive. Helped keep him warm.”
A fire and rescue team and EMS arrived on the scene within minutes and took Fair and Jayla to the hospital.
This week, the fire and rescue team honored Merkel for her bravery, awarding her a special certificate and a stark pin, which is given to EMS personnel when they deliver babies in the field. He also got a tablet with games and a journal. The cover reads: “You can change the world, girl.”
She also reunited with her teammate Stranghoener during the birth of her sister.