Since the day we are born, doctors continue to be our heroes throughout bouts of colds and fevers. On occasion, they will stand out, birthing babies (or sometimes gorillas) in the middle of their own deliveries. Santa Rosa doctor Scott Witt defied the odds when he hopped on a motorcycle to rescue eight preemies from a fire.
“I got a call at 2 a.m. basically saying that there was some fire encroaching on the hospital so so we might have to evacuate,” said Dr. Witt.
“In California, you can split lanes so I just kind of went down the middle of lanes and got past everybody,”
Four miles from the center and an additional six from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Witt braved a number of treacherous highways. Witt and his family lost their home, but his wife could not have been prouder of his actions.
“If my baby was in the hospital… I mean I’m a little biased but I would totally want them to be in some hands like Scott’s,” said Megan Witt.
Witt also trailed ambulances for three hours on several trips justifying not only his courage, but that a BMW is a pretty sturdy bike.
It’s 2018 and we all know heroes don’t always wear capes. In fact, they also vary in age. You can be a budding 8-year-old lifeguard or a middle-aged charitable millionaire. Whatever the case, not one hero is like another. This retired grandpa is a champion to NICU babies — he cradles them for a living.
“There are a lot of benefits to that warm connection of being held—when a baby puts their face against your heartbeat, there’s a benefit there. I came to love it, but not just because of the connection with the babies, but the whole atmosphere of the hospital.” [said grandpa David Deutchman.]
Deutchman volunteers at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and has been doing so for 12 years. Prior to baby-cuddling, his official job title was in international business marketing. Now, the father of two is a dad to hundreds, if only for a day or so.
“I talk with mothers and sometimes I hold their hand, because holding a mom’s hand is just as important as holding a baby,” he says. “There’s a lot of stress for these parents. Having somebody tell them they can go get breakfast and assure them I’ll be there with their baby, it means something to them. It’s important.”
While NICU babies can be fussy, a bit of spit-up does little to faze Deutchman. I sure do wish he was my grandpa.
We all know moms are everyday superheroes. Whether they are defending you on social media or simply giving great advice, it’s all out of unconditional love. But this mom is paying it forward by donating 5,000 pints of breast milk to gay couples and parents with premature babies.
Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra is able to produce twice the amount of breast milk as the average woman due to hyper lactation syndrome.
Because of this, the 29-year-old is spending ten hours a day pumping two gallons of breast milk.
While it may seem so, it’s no easy feat as Anderson-Sierra also has to sterilize, package, and freeze the milk. She donates majority of the milk to a milk bank, while some mothers make personal visits to her home.
As well as children of gay couples and mothers who cannot yet produce breast milk because of premature births, she is also donating milk to mothers who cannot produce milk because of a mastectomy following breast cancer.
Following a large number of babies in need, Anderson-Sierra’s act of kindness is going a long way. A big salute to this super mom!