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Téa Burke holds her newborn daughter, Noélani Burke, while Teisha Burke, her grandmother, touches her face at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center Jan. 30, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Noélani was delivered shortly after a disgruntled man brandishing a handgun outside the emergency room caused the hospital to be locked down. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Jan. 30 was anything but a normal day for the patients and staff at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center.

A disgruntled man brandishing a handgun outside the emergency room caused the hospital to lockdown at about 10 a.m., but the care provided by the 99th Medical Group staff was not.

The medical staff's training provided them with the skills needed to continue the care that couldn't be put on hold - such as delivering a baby.

"We do [exercises] all the time within our unit," said 1st Lt. Andrea Simpson, 99th Inpatient Squadron registered nurse. "We are trained to handle these situations."

According to Simpson, who was the on hand during a delivery, good leadership and the overall unit's cohesion helped her feel more then prepared for the situation.

"During situations like this, our leadership is always up front providing us the support for anything we might need," Simpson said. "Everyone just comes and plays their part and knows their roles."

Téa Burke was one of the patients in labor and delivery and gave birth to her daughter, Noélani Burke, just hours into the lockdown.

According to Téa's mother, Teisha Burke, besides the call over the intercom explaining the situation and not being able to leave the room, the lockdown was almost nonexistent to them.

"I was fine; I know that the Air Force had it [under control]," Teisha said. "I knew that we were more secure than anyone else."

Téa said Maj. (Dr.) Wendi Holmes, 99th Medical Support Squadron, seemed to only care about doing what she needed to do to deliver her baby.

"[Holmes] kept her focus on me," Téa said. "When I was having contractions, she helped me through it.

"I grew up a military brat and know the base like the back of my hand," she added. "I know they give the best care, that's why I wanted to have my daughter here."

During the lockdown the 99th MDG was also able to deliver a second baby, complete two surgeries and continue providing some basic patient care.


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This work, Airmen deliver care despite lockdown, by A1C Timothy Young, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.03.2014

Date Posted:02.03.2014 18:09

Location:NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NV, USGlobe

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