As salaamu alaikum all - Well, I had another amazing experience today - and yes, it was in the same department - the delivery ward, though this time, at my school's hospital; the previous episode that I wrote about above was at a hospital in Prague center.
Just to give you some background, one of the requirements for our 5th year (as with other years, though in different departments, either here/abroad or back home if possible) is to participate in summer practicals. So for 5th year (the preceding year for me) is to spend some time in a gynecological ward.
One of my classmates was also doing this and had actually started last week, so I joined her from today (she's one of my best friends, btw). We started off by just observing some basic examinations - watching women get ultrasound check-ups - checking for bi-temporal distance, femur length - among other signs, that are monitored for normal growth of the fetus. Also, being checked were the blood vessels, the position of the placenta, amount of amniotic fluid (slight decreased, but still ok in the patient that we saw) and other parameters.
Anyways, we then headed upstairs to where surgeries and deliveries take place. We were told there was one procedure about to talk place, so we entered the room to observe. The procedure, unfortunately for us (this classmate and friend of mine is also a person of Faith, a Christian) was an abortion.
We were told that there were 4 ladies that were being monitored as they approached the time for delivery. The most likely one to delivery in a short-time was a very obese woman who was already more than 40 weeks along.
After a bit of a wait, we were told she was going to undergo a Cesarean section or more commonly referred to as a C-section. Similarly to my last entry, there was limited space and since my classmate had already seen a delivery, so I changed into those blue scrubs that I am sure many of you are familiar with from Scrubs, ER and other medical shows.
As the preparations were made, I stood by, with medical hat and mask in position. Once the patient was ready, the cutting began (won't go into the details here) and after some effort by the two doctors performing the operation, the uterine wall became visible, a final incision was made - much blood came streaming out, followed by a fountain of clear fluid - the amniotic fluid and in a few moments, I saw the hair on the head of the little boy and a few seconds later, he was out! A nurse just next to me had a clean sterile cloth, into which the baby was placed and was taken just in the next room (which I could also see, as I was just in between the smaller and larger rooms) and he was cleaned and slowly, the pinkish color appeared, as he was more purplish/dark upon arrival and then after a few minutes, his first cries . . . .pretty amazing. He was then wrapped up snugly in clean white fabric and other coverings and taken out by the nurse. I have to admit, I had tears in my eyes, as it was my first delivery/birth and for those of you I've told. my father was an OB/GYN, so I thought of him, how he must have seen this so often, this miracle of a new life entering the world (though he did tend to complain about the hours, but I think we can all sympathize with that, getting up at 2am to head to the hospital and the delivery not happening maybe until 6am at times!
So in short, that was my experience today - it is a holiday here tomorrow, so won't be going in, but if I see anything more that I feel would be nice to share, I will certainly do so. Otherwise, please keep me in your du'a, as my final year begins next week.
Jazak'Allahu Khairan for reading.