A pregnant Northfield woman wasn’t the only person in the family who made a delivery Saturday. Tanya Elwood gave birth to Bryce Anthony at 11:26 a.m. at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, in Galloway Township.
Before that could happen, her husband, John, had to deliver the doctor — Edward Sung — who had more than a little trouble leaving his Linwood home to get the hospital: Sung couldn’t get his car out of the garage after a power failure left his electric garage door opener inoperable. With Tanya Elwood wanting Sung and no other doctor, John Elwood drove through the snowstorm from the hospital to Linwood, where he picked up Sung and brought him back to the hospital in time for Bryce Anthony’s arrival.
Bryce Anthony actually arrived four weeks before his due date. The newborn — who weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces — was taken to the intensive care unit as a precaution. The Elwoods said they expect their new son to leave the unit today.
The whole saga is one the Elwoods will long remember.
“I didn’t think he’d be born during the blizzard of 2010,” said Tanya Elwood, 36, a teacher at the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School in Egg Harbor Township.
The Elwoods’ adventure began around 2 a.m. Saturday, when Tanya Elwood said she started feeling a little unwell. John Elwood eventually called Sung, described his wife’s symptoms, and was told to get her to the hospital right away.
The Elwoods obliged, leaving their Roosevelt Avenue home and stopping only to drop off their dog and 1-year-old son, Brayden, at Tanya Elwood’s mother’s house in South Egg Harbor. The Elwoods finally arrived at the hospital about 3:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, Sung was snowbound in Linwood. Tanya Elwood said he started digging out his driveway, and eventually suggested the couple use another doctor.
“I didn’t want someone who was on call, even if they’re very good,” Tanya Elwood said.
The Elwoods and hospital staff then learned about Sung’s next predicament involving the garage-door opener.
Tanya Elwood said her husband decided to get Sung. He left the hospital some time after 4:30 a.m., drove to Sung’s house, picked him up and then started backing out of Sung’s driveway.
Then John Elwood’s truck got stuck in the snow, prompting him and Sung to grab shovels and dig out the vehicle.
John Elwood and Sung finally arrived at the hospital between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“Everybody started clapping when they came into the hospital,” Tanya Elwood said.
She also said that Sung claimed nothing like this had ever happened to him in 30 years of delivering babies.
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