Off-duty PRMC surgical nurse helps deliver baby boy

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer

Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby.

A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a small bathroom where a young woman was complaining of abdominal pain.

“I asked someone to call an ambulance,” Morrow said, “and then I started asking her about her medical history.”

Moments later, Morrow discovered the woman was pregnant and the birth was imminent.

“I wasn’t expecting to see a baby,” Morrow said.

Assisted by veterinarian Glenn Keim and a 911 operator, the 38-year-old nurse successfully delivered the infant boy, using the clamps veterinarians use for animal births to tie off the umbilical cord, surgical gloves and a sterile towel to keep the baby warm.

“Thank heavens I was somewhere where they had the supplies,” Morrow said.

Keim said his role during the birth was minimal.

“I didn’t really do that much,” Keim said, “I just kept telling her everything was going to be okay.”

Keim called the unusual birth a difficult situation.

“She and her brother came in with a dog,” he said, “and left with a baby.”
Morrow said although the birthing process lasted only 10 minutes, the experience left her feeling shaky.

“It was wonderful when I heard the baby cry though,” she said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
The infant was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital due to its small size, Morrow said.