Like the U.S. Post Office, Dr. Bassem Maximos won't let bad weather come between him and his work. On Tuesday, two of his patients went into labor—right in the middle of a torrential downpour. Undeterred, the Houston OB-GYN hopped into his car and braved the heavy rain to get to the hospital. But the flooding was so bad that his car ended up stalling a half-mile before the entrance.
Instead of calling AAA and playing Candy Crush while he waited (which, frankly, I'd be tempted to do), the hard-working doc stayed true to the Hippocratic Oath and started out on foot. "As soon as I opened the door, the water just hit me in my face," he told CBS News. "I left the car in the middle of the road, just got out and started walking." But the trip wouldn't be easy—he'd have to wade through nearly waist-high water before reaching the hospital. Multitasker that he is, Dr. Maximos also made frequent calls to the nurses to check on his understandably freaked-out patients.
Still, Dr. Maximos said he "was determined to make it," and like a good Hollywood movie, he did—just in time to deliver Melissa Vasquez's daughter, Mila. Soon after, the soaking-wet ob-gyn also helped bring Monika Thiede's son, Bradley, into the world. No word on what he did right afterward, but my guess is change his clothes, wring out his shoes, and celebrate with a well-earned glass of bubbly. And maybe start shopping for a new car.
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
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