Palomar Medical Center Poway Labor and Delivery Team Save Mother and Baby
Sep 22, 2017
“I said ‘don’t die, don’t die’,” Palomar Health Anesthesiologist Keith Reid, M.D., said he told mother-to-be Dexel Youzan as he performed CPR on her when her heart stopped beating just before delivery. These are not the words a healthy 29-year-old woman delivering a baby should hear from her anesthesiologist, but this was anything but an ordinary June day in the lives of everyone involved at the Palomar Medical Center (PMC) Poway Birth Center. “You’ve got to keep cool, but I’m telling you the emotions and the tears were just about right here,” Dr. Reid said motioning with his hand at head level as he visited with Dexel and her family at a reunion with PMC Poway Birth Center and ICU teams last week. “You’re 29-years-old, and you’re otherwise a healthy woman. This should not happen,” Dr. Reid continued as he recounted how Dexel faced some perilous ...

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