Medical student has best excuse for missing 1st day of work at hospital

Sean Farrell missed his first day in a hospital NICU because his wife went into premature labor and their baby landed in the very same NICU.
2:40 | 01/27/21

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We are back now on "Gma3" with the medical student missing his first shift in a New Jersey NICU because he had to check in his own pregnant wife suddenly in labor. She's also a medical student. Their incredible story. I found out I was pregnant on mother's day this past year. First thing in the morning. First thing in the morning. It was my very first mother's day. I was due January 17, 2021. I woke up on December 7th with my water broke. We didn't have baby clothes because my baby shower wasn't until the end of December. We had nothing besides a car we threw that in the car and went right to the hospital. I was slated to start my two week NICU rotation. Instead I went there at 5:00 A.M. With Cindy driving her there as fast as I legally could to deliver her baby. The supervising doctor came to us to tell us what to expect and she noticed that the medical student was missing and she's like, oh, you're the medical student missing. What was going through our minds when my water first broke was, uh-oh, because we know with preterm births all the potential complications that can occur. The baby's name is Madeline Irene, her middle name is after my grandmother who passed away in April from covid. My team had been eager to find out the news. I texted them to say sorry, not coming in. I'm in labor. They were surprised, but sent me well wishes. It was nice to be part of a team caring for our daughter. We met on our very first day of medical school. SHAWN and I grew up in the same hometown. We bonded over that really quickly and ended up being carpool buddies. Something I definitely took away was how important it is to communicate with parents and families. We wanted to know everything. It was helpful for me I had an insider. If I didn't have that, I can imagine how hard it would be. All the nurses came up to us and gave us tips on feeding her and giving us updates and reassuring us. It was so important. I didn't realize how important it was until I was the parent in that situation. I hope to take that lesson and put it into practice when I care for my own patients. So cute. Congratulations to them. Heck of a story.

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