An 11-year-old schoolgirl has been praised for her bravery after helping to deliver her mum's baby in a bath tub.
Sarah Cox, 30, was a week overdue when she suddenly went into labour in the bathroom of her family home in Argoed, Caerphilly during the early hours of the morning on March 4th.
With Sarah’s husband Wayne at work, she woke her daughter Shannon who rushed into action by dialling 999.
Quick-thinking Shannon carried out the instructions given to her over the phone by ambulance call handler Danielle Burrows, and within minutes had successfully delivered her baby brother right there in the bath.
Shannon then gathered towels to wrap the baby in and even used a shoe lace to tie the umbilical cord, before unlocking the front door and flagging down the ambulance crew.
As a reward for her bravery, she was allowed to choose her brother’s name, and decided to call him Riley Henry James.
Sarah said: “I started having one or two little pains, nothing major, then went to run a bath and that’s when my waters went."
Shannon has been presented with a framed certificate by the Welsh Ambulance Service staff, who wanted to recognise her for acting so quickly and maturely.
Danielle, who has helped to deliver six babies over the phone during her two-and-a-half years with the ambulance service, said: “She was as good as gold throughout the entire call. She did everything I asked her to and whenever I asked how her mum was doing she let me know."
Sarah, who also has two daughters and a son, said Shannon and three-month-old Riley have developed a special bond.
She said: “She can’t do enough for him and the first thing she does is check if he’s okay. She’s so loving towards him."