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Kentucky doctor delivers baby right before giving birth to her own daughter

Dr. Amanda Hess was preparing to give birth to her own baby when she came to the aid of another patient in the same hospital just before giving birth herself. (Image source: WLEX-TV screenshot)

A Kentucky obstetrician who was preparing to give birth to her own baby came to the aid of another patient in the same hospital just before giving birth herself, according to WLEX-TV.

According to WKYT-TV, Dr. Amanda Hess arrived at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center last week as she prepared to give birth to her second child. But while she was waiting, she heard another patient crying out in pain. Hess discovered that the patient and her unborn daughter were in distress, and the doctor on call had yet to return to the hospital after leaving for a break.

So Hess decided to help.

“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,” Hess told WLEX.

Hess’ patient, Leah Halliday Johnson, gave birth to a baby girl.

Halliday Johnson told WLEX that she is very grateful Hess was 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,” she said.

Shortly after helping Haillday Johnson, Hess gave birth to a baby girl named Ellen Joyce.

Hess told WKYT, "I love doing what I do.”

“I love taking care of mothers and babies," she said. "A lot of doctors are always thinking of their patients even when they're a patient themselves."

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