Rock Hill, SC – The quick thinking of twin sisters helped their mother safely deliver their baby sister as paramedics responded. Nykiaya and Nykailyn Williams-Brown, 8th graders at Sullivan Middle School, dialed 9-1-1 and called their mother’s midwife in the early morning hours of September 8th. 

 “It was just…adrenaline. I didn’t think twice about doing it. She’s my mom, and I love her,” said Nykailyn Williams-Brown. 

The twins’ mother, Marquita Gales, says she called her doctor around 1 a.m. after contractions began and was told to labor at home and stay hydrated. Gales says contractions were only four minutes apart by 5:30 a.m. and soon after her water broke. With Gales’ husband already at work she relied on the support of her twin daughters. Nykiaya called 9-1-1, and the communications dispatcher gave the twins instructions to help their mother with the delivery. Nykailyn stayed by her mother’s side during the labor.  

“I did not plan to have her at home…This is the best outcome. We’re definitely indebted to the girls,” said Marquita Gales. 

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The twins’ mother says the girls convinced her to lay down after getting directions from the 9-1-1 operator and only two pushes later the baby was born.

“I’m so glad that I sat down because if not she could have been on our floor,” said Marquita Gales.  


After helping deliver their baby sister Kennedy, the twins amazingly still went to school. On Monday, September 26, the York County Public Safety Communications Department honored the twins for their heroic efforts. The girls were also recognized by their peers through the Sullivan Middle School morning news. 

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