A pregnant obstetrician did not abandon her post when she began to experience pain and bleeding but instead continued to carry out a caesarean section and delivered her patient’s baby safely.
Brave Dr Mervat Mohamed Talaat was performing a caesarean surgery on her patient at Luxor General Hospital in Luxor, Egypt when she began to feel pain, according to The Metro.
Despite beginning to bleed, the remarkable doctor stayed with the rest of the medical team to ensure the baby was delivered safely.
Only when the baby had been safely delivered, did Dr Talaat leave the operating theatre to seek treatment for herself. She handed over care of the patient to another doctor before leaving.
It was later discovered that Dr Talaat had unfortunately suffered an ectopic pregnancy, where the foetus grows outside of the uterus. This condition caused her to miscarry.
It’s believed conditions at the hospital are stressful for staff and Dr Talaat had three surgeries scheduled for that day alone.
Since news of her selfless act broke, there have been calls for the state to commend her for her actions.
Chairman of the Luxor Doctors Syndicate Ahmed Hamza said the group would honour Dr Talaat for her bravery in a crisis.
The governor of Luxor has also said he will honour Dr Talaat for her dedication.
What an incredibly courageous and inspiring woman – her patient must be very grateful.
Ectopic Pregnancy FAQ’s
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
A typical pregnancy will play out as follows: the ovary releases an egg into the fallopian tube, where it will remain for about 24 hours. The egg is then fertilised by the sperm and will remain in the tube for about four days. The fertilised egg will then transfer to the uterus and latch onto the lining, where it will grow into a foetus and remain until birth.
An ectopic pregnancy arises where the fertilised egg remains in the fallopian tube or elsewhere in the abdomen (typically, the cervix or ovaries), and grows there instead.
What are the symptoms?
- Abdominal pain
- Heavy cramping
- Pain while urinating
- Heavy bleeding (in cases where the fallopian tube has ruptured)
What is the treatment for an ectopic pregnancy?
While there are some rare cases to the exception, for the most part, an ectopic pregnancy cannot be saved.
Treatment will typically depend on the age, size and stage of the pregnancy. Doctors will monitor your condition and then assess which mode of treatment is required.
Your doctor may prescribe a course of medication to stop the pregnancy growing.
Some women may undergo surgery to remove the pregnancy along with the affected fallopian tube. This is particularly serious where the fallopian tube has ruptured.
Always seek your doctor's advice if you have medical concerns.