“My husband actually said, ‘Is that a woman screaming?” Hess told WKYT-TV.
Though the OBGYN had been waiting for her own induction and delivery, she leapt into action to help the other expecting mother. Leah Halliday Johnson was fully dilated and waiting for the doctor on-call to return to the hospital for the delivery.
But Hess, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with certifications in both obstetrics and gynecology, knew there was no time to spare. Her own contractions were just minutes away from starting, Lex 18reported.
“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 and I knew her,” she recalled.
Hess had given Johnson a check-up days earlier and the expecting mother expressed immediate relief at seeing the familiar OBGYN.
“Pretty amazing what she did,” Johnson told the news station. “I feel very lucky she was there and the type of person she is and step up to what she did. We really appreciate her.”
The medical team successfully delivered Johnson’s baby girl and Hess welcomed her own infant daughter — Ellen Joyce.
“You know, I love doing what I do,” she told WKYT. “I love taking care of mothers and babies and you have a lot of doctors always thinking of their patients, even when they’re patients themselves.
Hess said that while she did work up until the last moment — literally — she intends to take a full maternity leave.