The Rest of the Story was a radio program hosted by the late Paul Harvey that never failed to catch my attention—or my admiration.
The legendary host regularly took an often heard story and gave it a different twist.
Although I’m no match for this man who died two years ago last month, I’d like to tell more about my previous post . . . or in Paul Harvey’s words, “the rest of the story.”
It started as a typical weekend for Dr. Vu Truong, that Saturday morning in January. The warm Hawaiian trade winds promised another beautiful day. But then the call came. The young military doctor was needed immediately in the Tripler Army Medical Center emergency room.
Within minutes this obstetrics physician was bed side with the patient. A young woman, only 9-weeks into her pregnancy was writhing with abdominal pain, her distraught husband barely holding back his worry.
The doctor quickly ordered an internal ultrasound, a picture that revealed an empty womb. Hurriedly, the staff prepared the patient for surgery. If what the exam indicated was true, she was suffering from an ectopic pregnancy.
Then suddenly, the young woman’s blood pressure plummeted. Her world went dark.
Hours later in surgical recovery, Dr. Truong brought to light her close call with death. A burst fallopian tube had precipitated the loss of over 50 percent of her blood. If her husband had not brought her to the hospital when he did, it would have been too late.
But there was even more. In the other fallopian tube, a tiny life had also been growing. The patient had experienced a bilateral ectopic pregnancy — the rarest form of extrauterine gestation — resulting in the end of that pregnancy.
Two years passed. Once again, Dr. Truong found himself face-to-face with his former emergency room and obstetrics patient. In her arms were twins, a boy and a girl. She had been at the hospital to finalize paperwork but on a whim, decided to stop by to show off her new pink and blue joy.
“How are you feeling,” the kindly doctor inquired as he admired her new babies.
The words he heard had him once again rushing her into emergency treatment. The young mother was suffering from postpartum preeclampsia, a condition that, left untreated, could be fatal.
Dr. Truong saved my daughter, Traci, from death’s door — not once — but twice. And in the words of Paul Harvey, “that’s the rest of the story.”