Kentucky doctor about to give birth delivers patient's baby

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 10:25:05-04

(WLEX) When Leah Halliday Johnson went into labor at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center, she had no idea that the doctor who'd deliver her baby girl was actually on the maternity ward floor ready to give birth herself.

"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," said Dr. Amanda Hess.

Before the obstetrician could give birth to her own child, she decided to help deliver a baby girl being born down the hall. She said that the other physician who was on call had just left.

"I put on some boots over my flip flops and found another gown to cover myself up and did put my stuff to deliver on and delivered a baby," said Dr. Hess.

Her own contractions were just minutes away from starting.

"Pretty amazing what she did. I feel very lucky that she was there and that she was the type of person who was willing to step up like that and do what she did, we really appreciate her." Johnson said.

Dr. Hess also gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  

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