A doctor in Frankfort, Kentucky was being prepared in hospital to give birth to her baby when she suddenly heard screams coming from the next door room. The doctor recognized the cries from the neighboring room, realizing it was her own patient and immediately knew she had to help. Dr. Hess, an obstetrician/gynecologist was just hours from delivering her child at Frankfort Regional Medical Center when she recalled the moment everything became manic.
Hess said “I was waiting for an IV, was waiting to get hooked up to the monitors, my husband actually said, ‘Is that a woman screaming?’” The calls were coming from Leah Johnson and her doctor had not arrived at the hospital yet so Dr. Hess took the responsibility to deliver the baby.
When springing into action, 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.” Johnson’s situation was more serious than expected as her baby was arriving quickly with her contractions getting worse and the umbilical cord was beginning to wrap loosely around her baby’s neck. When Dr. Hess arrived in her room, Johnson took one look at the doctor and said “OK, it’s great to see you. Can I push now?” She was in desperate need and knew the doctor was ready to help.
Johnson wasted no time and after just two quick pushes, the baby girl arrived at a healthy 8 pounds with Hess being “amazing” throughout the process. Johnson told her “I lucked out to be in the hospital with you, I tell you, I had no idea when you came into the room that that’s what was going on.” She continued praising the pregnant doctor saying “I’m impressed with how you did, I can’t believe how fast you went and you were totally in control.”
Soon after delivering Johnson’s baby girl, Dr. Hess gave birth to her own baby, a girl as well. When recalling the incredible moment she said “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”