With all of the superhero franchises cluttering our “Coming Attractions,” it’s easy to forget that there are actual, real-life Wonder Women (and men, of course) working to make the world a better place on a daily basis.
One OB-GYN in Kentucky recently proved this sentiment when she helped a woman through a difficult labor shortly before giving birth herself.
Dr. Amanda Hess is an obstetrician-gynecologist from Frankfort, Kentucky, who went into labor with her second child last week and promptly checked herself into the Frankfort Regional Medical Center. However, before the delivery could get under way, Hess discovered that one of her patients, Leah Halliday Johnson was giving birth to her fourth baby in a nearby delivery room.
After talking with one of the nurses, Hess discovered that Johnson’s baby was in distress, as the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck. Johnson had been advised not to push until the on-call doctor returned from their break, as there was concern the child might be strangulated, but the pain was becoming increasingly unbearable.
Despite technically being in labor herself, Hess sprang into action.
“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,” Hess told WKYT. “I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute. But this was literally ’til the last second.”
“I said you know, ‘I’m not on call, I’m here in a gown, but I think we ought to have the baby.'”
The birth went over successfully, thanks to Hess, who then passed Johnson over to on-call doctor before returning to her room and giving birth to her own daughter merely hours later.
Johnson says she wasn’t even fully aware that Hess was in labor herself, as she was considerably distracted by her own pain — but adds that she’s incredibly thankful for Hess’ quick thinking.
“She was definitely in doctor mode,” Johnson told NBC. “My husband noticed something was going on because she had on a hospital gown, but I didn’t notice that because I was on the delivery table. I was in my own world there.”
“Pretty amazing what she did. I feel very lucky she was there and the type of person she is and step up to do what she did. We really appreciate her.”