Alyssa Meza is just nine years old, and hopes one day to be a paramedic. She got some early real-life hands-on training when her mother went into labor while at home in Chicago. After encouraging her mom to push the baby out, Alyssa grabbed the baby girl and wrapped her in a towel.

She wasn't done yet. With the umbilical cord wrapped around baby Aaliyah's neck, Alyssa unwrapped it just as she had seen it done on a medical television program. She then ran next door to get a neighbor, who called 911 for emergency responders.