Doctor Saves Baby's Life With a Pair of Gloves

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surgical gloveJodi Baker, 28, and Brian Willett, 30, were preparing to say their final goodbyes to their 1-month-old son Jake, who was suffering from a severe infection in his intestine after having been born two months early, when a doctor overheard their devastated cries and intervened with an idea. He told Willet:

I'm going to try something on your son. It will either save his life or end things.

Can you imagine being faced with that option?

Baker ran out of the room crying and admitted to throwing up, which is precisely the same reaction I'd have facing the same heart-wrenching dilemma.

After Willet gave the doctor the OK to proceed, the surgeon reached into Jake's incubator, made two incisions along his abdomen, and inserted into each a standard-issue hospital glove that kept the wounds open and allowed the infection to drain.

It worked. The out-of-the-box thinking bought Jake enough time and gave him enough strength to be transferred to a London hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries for liver failure, swollen brain ventricles, and a hole in his heart. He also had 17 blood transfusions and plenty of other infections.

Now, at 16 months, Jake's doing great and is expected to make a full recovery.

Wow. I can't even begin to put myself in the parents' shoes here -- how terrified they must have been to hold their son's life in their hands, then hand it over to a doctor with his somewhat out-there idea.

They made the brave and ultimately right choice that saved their boy's life. Now the parents just want to find the mystery doctor who performed the surgery -- allegedly, he was a visiting doc and no one knows enough about him to track him down.

The Baker-Willet family certainly has a lot to be thankful for, which is why they've started fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House. I hope Jake continues to grow up to be a healthy boy and that they do, in fact, get in touch with that miracle-working doctor. He deserves a handshake ... and maybe some new gloves.

What would you have done had you been in these parents' shoes?


Photo via alvazar/Flickr

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Liz132 Liz132

WTF! The doctor just reached into the incubator and started cutting into the baby?!?! No anesthetic no antiseptic to a baby already suffering from infection?! And just shoved some gloves in there! No that's not okay that's dangerous and cruel!

CAP1015 CAP1015

So Liz132 letting the child die would have been less dangerous or cruel?  What do you want to bet that the doc applied local anathesia or the baby was in a semi-coma.  Geez talk about form over substance.

Tendr... TendrelovinMaMa

Ok Im pretty sure its just common sense to use both of those. As someone who works in peds...I can say the baby was most likely intubated and had some sort of narc. On board. In a sterile field. I find it odd that you would think different. ... he saved that baby's is that not enough?.

BirdCo BirdCo


Sadly people like you are probably why the Dr. is staying a mystery. In life sometimes the end result justifies the means.

japan... japanmommy

Swollen ventricles has a name - ventriculomegaly

SaphireH SaphireH

i sure as hell would make sure every last thing is done to make sure my baby lives if i were  in a situation like this. amazing thinking by this dr

mamma... mammajen030407

The doctor was an angel sent by GOD!!! That is the only thing that I can come up with!! 

tuffy... tuffymama

There are no words. Blessings!

nurse... nursemama88

Genius! God bless that doc!

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