"I don't know if we would have Bradley here if he wasn't able to make it," said the grateful mother.
It only takes a 10-minute ride from his home for Dr. George Alkhouri to get to the Dignity Hospital in Merced, California. The doctor immediately began rushing to the hospital when he heard that a patient, Alyssa Stanghellini, went into labor and that her baby's heartbeat had slowed down to alarming levels.
"It was just a whirlwind. I was in a lot of pain, so I was just looking for relief and hoping everything would be OK," Alyssa said.
"It's just like a panicked situation. You just don't know what's going on," recalled Alyssa's mother, Amanda Maxwell, according to KCRA 3.
Until then, Dr. Alkhouri was monitoring Alyssa's situation from home. But when he found out the baby's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, the doctor knew that he needed to rush to the hospital.
"I found the baby in a lot of stress and there is a need to take the baby and deliver him immediately," Dr. Alkhouri said.
Sadly, as he was making his way to the hospital, Dr. Alkhouri met with an accident after a drunk driver crashed into his car.
"All the glass just shattered and came at my face, on my hand," Dr. Alkhouri recalled.
Moments after the crash, an officer arrived at the scene and allowed Dr. Alkhouri to use his phone since his had stopped working. The first thing the doctor did was call the nurse.
"I told her I'm going to do my best to be there. When the police officer heard us talking, he offered to lead me and let me go," Dr. Alkhouri said.
Thankfully, Dr. Alkhouri was able to reach the hospital in the nick of time.
"I wasn't thinking about the pain in my leg, or the blood on my face, or my hand," the doctor said. "Just, all I'm thinking, how am I going to get there and how I'm going to deliver this baby?"
"I was standing on only one leg when I was doing the surgery," he added.
Despite his injuries, Dr. Alkhouri was able to safely deliver Alyssa's baby boy at 1:03 am on July 2. The little one was named Bradley Stangthelini and is completely oblivious to the events that led to his birth.
A CA mother is eternally thankful for a doctor who helped deliver her baby despite being injured on his way to the hospital https://t.co/aLp3XNTzbE— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 20, 2021
When Alyssa found out what had happened before the birth, she felt a rush of gratitude towards the dedicated doctor.
"I overheard the nurses say that the surgeon got into a car accident on his way over," Alyssa said, according to ABC7.
"Now knowing the facts, that he had shards of glass all in his face, his leg was injured and delivered Bradley on one leg in the operating room is just remarkable," added her mother, Amanda.
There's no telling what might have happened if Bradley did not get the medical attention he needed at the right time. "I mean, I don't know if we would have Bradley here if he wasn't able to make it," she added.
Dr. Alhkhouri is just happy by the way things turned out and said, "I am so glad to see Alyssa and her baby healthy and together."
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