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For Corrie

Eric C. Last, DO
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Wantagh, NY 11793. Requests for Reprints: Eric C. Last, DO, 2857 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh, NY 11793.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(2):271-272. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-124-2-199601150-00016
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The birth of our third child was supposed to be a scheduled cesarean section, performed at the hospital where I practice. However, several days before the appointed date, my wife began labor, and her scheduled section turned into an urgent one. Not long after the procedure began, our new baby, our Corrie, was handed to me with the pediatrician's pronouncement, “Here's your perfect baby girl.” As I had done twice before, I cradled this new life in my hands as tears of joy and thankfulness welled in my eyes. Too quickly, the circulating nurse took our new angel from me to be officially weighed and measured.

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