When new doctor Mikko Manalastas headed out on Saturday, he never expected that his medical skills would be put to the test!
It had just been a week since he passed the board exam and two days after he obtained his professional license.
When he rode the elevator that day to attend a seminar in Pasig, the 27-year-old Manalastas noticed that an expectant mother and her husband were having trouble.
The woman was already screaming in pain as the baby was already “crowning,” meaning the head is already starting to emerge bit by bit due to contractions.
In his Facebook post, Manalastas said, “Noong pumasok sila sa elevator, nakita ko na talaga yung nanay po na sobrang in labor na, kasi sigaw na sigaw siya sa sakit po.”
“I froze for a moment. Then, I immediately pressed the alarm button in the elevator to inform them that there was a mother in labor and that we needed assistance. I dropped my bags and went up to them and introduced myself,” Manalastas wrote.
The couple was headed to a private hospital in Muntinlupa City but the doctor said they might now make it there in time for a hospital delivery due to heavy traffic.
Manalastas instead advised that the mother give birth in their car instead. At first, the mother declined but due to extraordinary circumstances, the husband eventually agreed.
Manalastas said he had to be resourceful during the unusual medical procedure.
Lacking the necessary tools, he resorted to using what were inside his bag and the mother’s: a clean towel, wet wipes as gloves, and even a hairclip.
“Yung [hairclip] po ang ginamit kong pang-clamp, para kapag ginupit ko na po ‘yung cord, hindi po dudugo,” the doctor said.
Manalastas admitted that he was nervous throughout the operation as it was his first time to perform such procedure.
“Nanigas nga rin po ako sa takot kasi hindi ko rin po talaga alam ang gagawin ko,” Manalastas said. However, his desire to help the couple pushed him to go through with the procedure.
“Nilakasan ko na lang po ‘yung loob ko para po makatulong po sa kanila at sa mga nangangailangan,” he said.
After the procedure, Manalastas could only breathe a sigh a relief after successfully passing his “induction.”
“Sobrang sayang-saya na lang po ako dahil ligtas po si mommy, safe po siya, tapos safe din po si baby, at masaya rin po ako kasi nagawa ko po yung procedure na ‘yun na hindi ko naman akalain na magagawa ko,” he said.
Manalastas said he considers the emergency operation as one of his proud moments. T
he healthy baby was named Gabriella Ann. The couple is said to be planning to ask Manalastas to be the child’s godfather . —Source: Erwin Colcol/VVP, GMA News