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Sep 20, 2009 10:49 AM by Laura Barron

6 year-old helps deliver her sister

Briana Johnson couldn't wait. And neither could her unborn daughter.

The North Carolina woman said her boyfriend was out of town working, so she called her friend, then her doctor when she started having contractions. "[The doctor] told me get up now and come on in, and when I stood up my water broke," Johnson said.

She said she knew she couldn't wait and called her dad. "I just said I needed him now, to get here now and I hung up and I immediately called 911," Johnson said.

And that's when Johnson, from the foot of her bed, called for her 6-year-old daughter Diyana, the only one who could help her as she began delivering the baby. "She told me to get a blanket and she told me to open the door," Diyana said.

Diyana opened the front door so emergency crews wouldn't have to waste time breaking in when they arrived at the Fuquay-Varina home. The baby arrived within four minutes of her calling 911.

By the time her father, Torris Jones, got to the house, emergency crews were there, and so was the baby. Madisyn Johnson was four weeks early, weighing 5 pounds 5 ounces. "A blessing from God," Jones said.

Now Jones has two granddaughters and is astonished by the poise of one of them. "I'm amazed I'm really proud of [Diyana]."

Johnson said she'll answer any questions Diyana might have about how babies are born. "She [Diyana] was like, "What did it feel like?" And I was like, ‘It was unexplainable' and she said, ‘ok' and left it at that," Johnson said.

Johnson didn't hesitate calling her daughter a hero. "I wouldn't have been able to do it without her; I don't know how things would have happened."

Six years ago Diyana came into the world in a rush, too, and was born in the lobby bathroom.



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