WATCH: Doctor defies obstacles after crash on way to hospital, delivers baby safely

"Just, all I'm thinking, how am I going to get there and how I'm going to deliver this baby?" the doctor said.


As Alyssa Stanghellini held her newborn son, Bradley, in her arms, she embraced Dr. George Alkhouri in a gesture of gratitude — but this sweet moment almost didn't come to fruition.

However, thanks to Alkhouri's determination, dedication, and the kindness of a California police officer, the three were able to meet and recall the night the doctor saved the baby's life.

"Just gratitude, oh my gosh, I gave him a huge hug. Just, I can't even express," Stanghellini said.

Stanghellini went into labor on July 2. At the time, her baby's heartbeat had dangerously slowed down and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

"It was just a whirlwind. I was in a lot of pain, so I was just looking for relief and hoping everything would be OK," Stanghellini recalled.

"It's just like a panicked situation. You just don't know what's going on," Amanda Maxwell, Stanghellini's mother, told sister station KCRA.

Alkhouri, of Golden Valley Medical Centers, said he monitored the situation from his home. When he saw the dire situation the baby had been in, he said he knew he had to act quickly.

"I found the baby in a lot of stress and there is a need to take the baby and deliver him immediately," Alkhouri said.

He said the drive to Dignity Hospital in Merced only takes him 10 minutes, but that short drive turned into an ordeal when a car crashed into him on his way there.

"And all the glass just shattered and came at my face, on my hand," the doctor said.

Alkhouri said he remembered headlights coming toward him as the other car veered into his lane early that morning. He said he tried to get out of the other driver's way, but the other car side-swiped the driver's side of Alkhouri's sedan.

The doctor says he immediately got out of his car and checked on the other driver, but his phone had stopped working, only allowing him to call 911.

A Merced police officer arrived moments after the crash. That officer loaned Alkhouri his phone, which allowed him to speak to the charge nurse.

"I told her I'm going to do my best to be there. When the police officer heard us talking, he offered to lead me and let me go," Alkhouri recalled.

Thanks to the officer, the doctor got to the operating room just in time.

"I wasn't thinking about the pain in my leg, or the blood on my face, or my hand. Just, all I'm thinking, how am I going to get there and how I'm going to deliver this baby?" Alkhouri said.

Despite his own injuries, he delivered baby Bradley safely.

"I was standing on only one leg when I was doing the surgery," Alkhouri said.

Alkhouri added that his pain became real as the adrenaline began to wear off.

"The nurses helped me out, take some pieces of glass from my face, and I went back to the accident scene," Alkhouri said.

The doctor said he still has nightmares about the accident. However, his injuries are healing, and he says seeing baby Bradley is his reminder of why he chose this profession.

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"I'm so happy to see Alyssa and her baby, healthy and together. This gives me more push to do it again, honestly," Alkhouri said.