When babies are ready for delivery, some take hours to make their entrance into the world, while others arrive at a moment’s notice. For Ashley and Ben, their son Hawk had to be delivered in the fast lane – literally.
While driving to the hospital, Ashley began going into labor, forcing Ben to pull the car over on the side of the highway and deliver Hawk himself! Hear Ben’s 911 call as he single-handedly delivers his newborn son.
“[Ashley] woke up at 2 a.m. [with contractions], and at 2:38 a.m., we were holding [Hawk] on the freeway,” Ben says.
“It’s called a precipitous delivery,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “You can be delivering in the parking lot of the hospital, or in the elevator, on the way to the labor and delivery ward. It just happens.”
Ben explains how he improvised by using materials he had around him to safely and correctly deliver his son with the help of the 911 operator.
“You did everything right by calling 911,” Dr. Lisa adds. “You are just a hero in that emergency situation.”
Matt and his wife, Lauren, who is nine weeks pregnant, have concerns about an emergency delivery. Dr. Lisa gives Matt a lesson in delivering a baby.
The Gift of Sound
Groundbreaking medical technology is giving hearing-impaired people the ability to hear for the first time in their lives. Meet Sarah, 29, who recently heard her own voice for the first time thanks to The Esteem inner ear stimulator, which was implanted behind her ears.
“[I can now hear] millions of sounds,” Sarah says, “[such as] walking to the mailbox, hearing birds in the trees.”
Patrick Spearman, CEO of Envoy Medical, the creators of The Esteem hearing device, explains how the implant works.
Excessive Body Hair
Women go to great lengths to eliminate body hair. But for some, like Victoria, body hair grows faster than it can be managed. Endocrinologist Dr. Katja Van Herle explains what causes Victoria’s excessive body hair, what other issues she may be at risk for and how to treat it.
A high school football player from Ohio allegedly inserted small tacks in his glove before shaking hands with the opposing team, causing pricks in his opponents hands. Health officials, who had concerns about blood being transferred to multiple players, required all 28 affected players get tetanus shots.
“The [last thing] I would be concerned about is a tetanus scare,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Imagine if you’re that 28th player that this guy is shaking hands with. Blood is on this tack from [all the previous players].”
“You’re [potentially] passing [a number of] contagious diseases,” Dr. Lisa says, “[such as] HIV, hepatitis, things like that, that can be passed on to every single person.”
“This is not some childhood prank,” Dr. Travis adds. “This is a potentially deadly endeavor.”
The student who put the tacks in his glove has been suspended from the football team and a police investigation is currently underway.
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