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Doctor in Hospital to Give Birth Herself Jumps in to Deliver Fellow Patient’s Baby: ‘She’s a Really Special Person’

Leah Halliday-Johnson and her newborn

A Kentucky doctor who was in her own hospital room preparing to give birth to her second baby heard screaming from the room next door and jumped in to help, delivering that patient’s baby because the on-call doctor was out of the building.

“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,” Dr. Amanda Hess told TV station WKYT.

Dr. Hess — an obstetrician/gynecologist hours away from delivering her own child at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky — recognized the woman screaming as a patient from her practice who she happened to have seen the week before for a final pre-natal appointment.

Leah Halliday-Johnson, 38, tells PEOPLE that she was only 1-cm. dilated when she checked into the hospital but an hour later her fourth child was arriving faster than expected and with the umbilical cord loosely wrapped around her neck. The nurses asked her to try not to push because the on-call doctor was still on his way back from his break, she says.

“I was not being quiet about the fact that…

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