Kent

Award for Gravesend teenager who delivered baby sister

A 13-year-old girl from Kent has received a community award for delivering her baby sister.

Michaela Barton, 13, was woken in the middle of the night when her mother went into labour at their Gravesend home during heavy snowfall in January.

Her younger brother dialled 999, and Michaela was guided through the delivery by an operator.

The teenager received a Kent County Council award for good friends and carers at the annual Try Angle awards.

The citation said Michaela had supported her single mother through some recent difficult events, giving her support and taking on a caring role, cleaning, cooking and caring for her younger siblings as well as delivering the new arrival, and still doing well at school.

Michaela, who now wants to be a midwife, said it was a very proud moment when she delivered her sister, Emma.

"I was the first one to hold her... I feel really proud of that," she said.

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