Dr. Amanda Hess, an OB-GYN in Frankfort, Kentucky, is a real-life superhero. She chose the safety and well-being of one of her patients above that of her own, proving that you don’t have to wear a cape to change lives.
Through a fortunate twist of fate, Hess happened to be in the hospital about to give birth when she heard a commotion down the hall. “My husband actually said, ‘Is that a woman screaming?'” she recalled.
It turns out there was another woman who was fully dilated and about to give birth any moment but her doctor had left on break and wasn’t going to be able to make it in time to deliver the baby.
Hess didn’t let her own labor stop her. “I just put on a gown to cover 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.”
The best part of the story is that Hess discovered she already knew the woman, Leah Halliday Johnson. She had even seen Johnson a few days prior when she had her final checkup.
After delivering a beautiful baby for Johnson, Hess went back to her own room and did it all over again. She gave birth to a sweet girl, Ellen Joyce. Hess told a news source, “I love doing what I do, I love taking care of mothers and babies, and most doctors are always thinking of their patients even when they’re a patient themselves.”
Dr. Hess also added that the reaction of many people, “has been incredibly supportive and positive. I don’t think what I did was anything extraordinary but… as a doctor, it is really nice to have people say such kind things. I hope people understand how much doctors truly care about their patients. We put our own families and interests on the back burner to take care of moms and women in their times of need because the reward of being there for someone and helping them with the most important moment in their lives is immeasurable.”