A determined Texas doctor, Dr. Bassem Maximous, M.D., went to great lengths to ensure he was present for the delivery of two of his patients’ babies. Dr. Maximous was caught in the middle of a Texas storm as he made his way to the hospital to deliver the two newborns. His car became flooded in the torrential rainfall, leaving him stranded in the middle of the road.
However, instead of calling to inform the waiting mothers that he wouldn’t make it to assist in the delivery, Dr. Bassem abandoned his waterlogged vehicle in the road and waded through waist deep water for a half-mile, making it to the hospital with just moments to spare to deliver the two babies.
WFAA reports that Dr. Bassem Maximous will never forget the births of babies Mila and Bradley because he almost missed their big entrance after a flood left him stranded in the middle of the road. Monika Thiede and Melissa Vasquez were both in a nearby hospital about to give birth to their babies when Dr. Maximous became stranded. However, the doctor was determined to make it to the hospital in time for the delivery despite the flood before him. When the doctor’s car became flooded, he decided to make the trek to the hospital by foot.
“As soon as I opened the door, the water just hit me in my face. I left the car in the middle of the road, just got out and started walking.”
The doctor would wade through nearly waist deep water for half a mile in the middle of the storm to ensure he made it to assist in the women’s deliveries. Dr. Maximous says he used his cellphone to call nurses in labor and delivery to update them consistently on his status. Meanwhile, the two waiting women were nervous that their beloved doctor wouldn’t be there for their big moment. Monika Thiede says she started to cry when she heard that her doctor may not make it in time for the delivery.
“What?! Then I started to cry a little bit.”
However, the determined doctor made it in time to deliver not one, but two babies that day. Dr. Maximous says he doesn’t need any praise for his actions as it was all in a day’s work.
“I was determined to make it. It was a group effort that we got everyone safely delivered and taken care of.”
USA Today notes that the flood the persistent Dr. Maximous faced was not any ordinary rainfall. More than 11 inches of rain fell within three hours in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, causing high water on roadways and extensive flooding.
What do you think of the doctor’s efforts to make it to his patient’s births? Would your OB tread through waist-high water in the middle of a storm to make it to your delivery in time?
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