MEDINA, Ohio - Ryan Chapman gave a thumbs down when he was asked if he likes the name, "Dr. Ryan."
Like it or not, it's the name that seems to be sticking after 13-year-old Ryan Chapman stepped in to help save the day and help his mom deliver his baby brother.
"What was going through your mind when all of this happened?" said Arthur, Ryan's father. "Nothing," replied Ryan, "just blank."
His mother, Kathleen, told NewsChannel5, "when it was all done I said, 'Honey wasn't that amazing,' and he's like 'that was the grossest thing I ever experienced!'"
It was an exciting and adrenalin -packed morning for the Chapman family. Kathleen said she was planning for a home delivery and was actually about four days late. She knew the baby was coming, but just didn't expect to give birth so fast. Meanwhile, her husband Arthur and their oldest son were out of town on a trip.
"I told him before I left, I said, 'Ryan, you have to be the man of the house 'cause Mark and I are going to be gone and this, you know, is a heavy responsibility on you,' not thinking that that was what he really had to go through!"
Arthur said it was around four in the morning Thursday when he got a call from his wife saying she was about to have the baby. Kathleen told us she then called for the midwife to come over but Arthur said by the time he and his son hit the road, a second call came in. It was Ryan saying, "Congrats!"
Kathleen said, "The second contraction, he came out and I was holding him and I said Ryan, 'Okay you have to listen, you know, just go get the towels,' and he was really such a trooper."
At 8 pounds and 6 ounces, little John is the sixth child for the Medina family, and he may not be their last. But they sure do like the story they now have to tell, with Dr. Ryan as their hero.
"I'm just like, you were there for me buddy," said Kathleen, "in a way I'll never forget so I was really, really proud of him."
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