Dad Delivers Doctor for Blizzard Baby's Birth

Even though her doctor was stuck at home due to a blizzard, one Atlantic County mom-to-be insisted he deliver her child.

So her husband came through with his own special delivery.

When John Elwood heard Dr. Edward Sung, couldn't get his car out -- his Linwood home had no power, making his electric garage door opener inoperable -- the Northfield man left the hospital around 4:30 a.m. Saturday and drove to Sung's home, about 20 minutes away.

But as Elwood backed his pickup out of the doctor's driveway, it got stuck in the snow. So both men grabbed shovels and dug it out, finally getting to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Mainland Campus in Galloway shortly before 10 a.m.

Bryce Anthony Elwood -- who was born four weeks early -- then arrived at 11:26 a.m. And both mom and child were doing well Sunday.

The Elwoods' saga began around 2 a.m. Saturday, when Tanya Elwood told her husband she wasn't feeling well.

And when John Elwood called Sung and described her symptoms, the doctor told him to get her to the hospital right away.

After dropping off their dog and one-year-old son, Brayden, at Tanya Elwood's mother's house in South Egg Harbor, the couple made it through the heavy snow and reached the hospital around 3:30 a.m.

But when Sung eventually suggested the couple use another doctor, Tanya Elwood quickly rejected the idea.

"I didn't want someone who was on call, even if they're very good," she said.

So her husband decided to get the doctor himself.

"Everybody started clapping when they came into the hospital," Tanya Elwood said.

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