A pregnant obstetrician in Kentucky practically worked until the last possible minute before having her newborn.
On Sunday, Dr. Amanda Hess was at Frankfort Regional Medical Center to give birth but decided to deliver another patient’s baby first.
Hess was in a room prepping to be induced for labor when she noticed on the computer used to give patient updates to medical staff that a woman was having complications with her delivery and her newborn was in distress, according to People.
The on-call doctor had left on a breach and was on his style back, but Hess knew the newborn had to be delivered immediately, reported Lexington’s WKYT.
” I said,’ You know, I’m not on call. I’m here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby ,'” she told NBC News affiliate WLEX-1 8.
And the doctor sprang into action.
” I simply put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room and I knew her ,” Hess told WKYT.
When the doctor entered the woman’s room, she immediately recognise her as Leah Halliday Johnson, a woman she had investigated a few days earlier at her medical practice, although Hess wasn’t her regular obstetrician.
Halliday Johnson also recognized Hess when she strolled into the room but didn’t realize the doctor was at the hospital to have her own newborn. She was just alleviated that one of her doctors was in the room so that she could give birth.
” She was definitely in physician mode ,” Halliday Johnson told WLEX-1 8.” My husband noticed something was going on because she had on a hospital garment, but I didn’t notice that because I was on the delivery table. I was in my own world there .”
Regarding her decision to act that day, Hess told WLEX-1 8,” Delivering other people’ newborns is something I do every day. And I’m more comfy with delivering someone else’s baby than my own, for sure .”
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