His car stuck in a Texas flood while driving to the hospital to deliver two babies, this doctor left it there and walked through waist-high water to get the job done.
It usually takes Dr. Bassem Maximos about 10 minutes to get to his hospital in Houston, but this time was different, as his car stalled in the deep floodwaters earlier this week.
The obstetrician had two patients in labor, one of whom in need of a Caesarean section. Yet, though Dr. Maximos could see the hospital, it was half a mile away. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. His car stuck in a Texas flood while driving to the hospital to deliver two babies, Dr. Bassem Maximos left it there and walked through waist-high water to get the job done.
Dr. Maximos explained his predicament:
When I opened the door, the water just came into the car. I was waist deep in water. I got out and saw the hospital in the distance. I thought, “OK”, and I started walking.
And then it got even more interesting. As Dr. Maximos waded through the waist-high water, a man in another stalled car shouted at him to ask if he was a physician, because a passenger was having chest pains.
So Dr. Maximos stopped and examined the man. He then helped get him into a passing truck to take him to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the obstetrician kept walking and at around midnight he finally walked through the hospital’s doors, soaking wet and shivering in the hospital’s air-conditioned air.
2. Dr. Maximos quickly changed into scrubs, but slipped and fell on his back. Undaunted, he changed into dry scrubs once again and delivered the two babies just in time.
A commute which usually took him ten minutes had taken an hour and a half.
Dr. Maximos quickly changed into scrubs, but slipped and fell on his back. Undaunted, he changed into dry scrubs once again and delivered the two babies just in time.
One of the patients, Melissa Vasquez, told KHOU how glad she was that he was present to help deliver her third baby. She said:
She’s here. She’s healthy and it’s all thanks to him.
Insisting that he did not do anything special, Dr. Maximos said:
It’s my duty. In a way, it’s a calling. I love what I do… I think I was just doing my job.
Both mothers and babies are doing well, he added.
And the man with chest pains was also fine and didn’t suffer a heart attack.
3. A doctor braves waist-deep Texas floodwaters to deliver two babies.
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