A doctor based out of Kentucky was in the hospital preparing for her own delivery. Once she heard of another expectant mother in distress, she put everything on hold and delivered that woman’s baby first. This selfless gesture of Dr Amanda Hess has made her very popular all over the internet.
Dr Hess had checked into the Frankfort Regional Medical Centre, and was preparing for her own delivery in her room on July 23. It was at this time that she heard the wailing of a woman from another room.
NBC reports that Amanda, who is an obstetrician gynaecologist, was treating the woman she heard wailing, Leah Halliday Johnson. Just a week before, Leah had consulted Dr Hess for the final prenatal check.
When Amanda entered Leah’s room, she was informed that the baby was moving too fast, and the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. Since the on-call doctor was on a break and they needed immediate assistance, Dr Hess jumped in.
According to the Independent, Dr Hess said,
I just 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.
Leah was completely unaware that Dr Hess was not on duty that day, and was there for her own delivery in the hospital. According to People, Leah said,
I said, 'Okay, it’s great to see you. Can I push now?' She was in complete doctor mode. She just heard somebody needed help. She is a really special person, I am thankful for her.
Dr Hess was successfully able to deliver Leah’s healthy 8-lb girl on July 23 at around 8:40 PM. Soon after, the on-call doctor arrived and took over. Amanda also gave birth to a baby girl later that night.