Dr. George Alkhouri delivered a baby immediately after surviving a car crash! The hero doctor is being praised for his determination, ignoring the intense pain from his injuries to ensure Alyssa Stanghellini and her baby were healthy.
Alkhouri is an Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist in Merced, Calif., and he was the doctor in charge of delivering Alyssa Stanghellini’s son, Bradley. On the day Stanghellini went into labor, Dr. George Alkhouri was in a horrible car crash and almost missed the delivery. His incredible determination won over, however, and he found his way to the hospital despite an injured leg and bloodied face.
The July 2 story is far from a tragedy, but things could have been very different had the hero doctor not been there to save the day. According to reports, after Stanghellini had gone into labor that Friday, Bradley’s heartbeat became dangerously slow. Alyssa Stanghellini then learned that the umbilical cord had wrapped around her baby’s neck.
“It was just a whirlwind,” Stanghellini explained to KCRA. “I was in a lot of pain, so I was just looking for relief and hoping everything would be okay.” Dr. Alkhouri was monitoring the situation from home, but as new information rolled in, he knew she needed a hospital.
“It’s just like a panicked situation,” Alyssa Stanghellini’s mom, Amanda Maxwell said. “You just don’t know what’s going on.” Dr. Alkhouri told his patient to check into Dignity Hospital in Merced and explained that he’d meet her there. The baby needed to be born and there wasn’t a lot of time.
“I found the baby in a lot of stress and there is a need to take the baby and deliver him immediately,” Alkhouri explained. Though it seemed tragedy had struck enough for one night, Dr. George Alkhouri quickly learned otherwise. On his way to the hospital, the doctor’s vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.
“All the glass just shattered and came in my face and my hands,” Alkhouri recalled of the crash. He then exited his car and checked on the other driver. His leg was in a lot of pain and there were glass shards on his face. Still, the doctor was determined to deliver that baby.
When an officer finally arrived, Dr. George Alkhouri borrowed his phone to notify the nurse at the hospital. He explained what happened and “told her I’m going to do my best to be there,” according to the doctor. “When the police officer heard us talking, he offered to release me and let me go.” Though the scene of the crash was hectic, Alkhouri knew the delivery was more important.
By 1:03 a.m. on July 3, Bradley Stanghellini was delivered. Dr. George Alkhouri performed an emergency C-section on Alyssa despite his pain caused by the car accident. “I was standing on only one leg when I was doing the surgery,” Alkhouri recalled of that night. He even remembers a nurse in the operating room having to remove glass that had pierced his face.
“I wasn’t thinking about the pain in my leg, or the blood on my face, or my hand,” Alkhouri explained. “Just, all I’m thinking [is], ‘How am I going to get there and how I’m going to deliver this baby?'”
Bradley Stanghellini is almost 3 weeks old and he is healthy thanks to the heroic actions of Dr. George Alkhouri. Bradley’s mother, Alyssa Stanghellini, said that Alkouri is “pretty remarkable.”
“He’s a remarkable human being that I can’t express enough gratitude to,” she admitted to KFSN. “I feel like God had his hand over the situation, so I’m just very grateful that Dr. Alkhouri was able to make it even though he was injured. I don’t know if we would have Bradley here if he wasn’t able to make it.”
Speaking of his heroic deeds, Dr. George Alkhouri is extremely modest. “I’m so happy to see Alyssa and her baby, healthy and together,” he told reporters. “This gives me more push to do it again, honestly.”