School nurse hailed a "hero" after helping student give birth at Hoggard
School nurse Renee Tootoo is being called a "hero" after she helped a female student give birth at school.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's been a
little more than 24 hours since a Hoggard High School student gave birth to a
The birth took place just as the bell
was ringing to let students out, according to school officials.
Many have called the school nurse,
Renee Tootoo, a hero because of her actions.
Tootoo said she's seen her fair share
of scrapes and bruises during her three years as a school nurse at Hoggard, but
said she's never delivered a baby.
"You never know what's going to walk
through the door at any given moment and you have to be as prepared as you can
be and that's what happened yesterday," she said.
A call came in to New Hanover County
911 notifying dispatchers that a student had given birth in the nurse's room at
"I knew I needed help and I needed it
quickly," said Tootoo. "We do have supplies, but I would say it is
limited. We do rely on 911 to help us if there is an emergency, but we have to
handle the situation until they arrive."
According to the 911 call, the baby
was born by the time emergency officials showed up at the school.
WECT.com tried to find out how mother and baby are doing
after the birth, but school officials could not release that information.