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Houston doctor wades through flood to deliver babies

For Houston-area ob/gyn Dr. Bassem Maximos, delivering babies is all in a day's work.

But there's something special about newborns Mila and Bradley that will stick with him forever, because he almost didn't make it in time to deliver them.

His car got stranded in flooding on the way to the hospital in Tuesday's heavy rains, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU reports.

"As soon as I opened the door, the water just hit me in my face," said Maximos. "I left the car in the middle of the road, just got out and started walking."

He waded through almost waist high water for half a mile to get to the hospital. Meanwhile, on one floor Monika Thiede was in labor with her first child when the nurses told her what was happening.

"What?! Then I started to cry a little bit," she said.

On another floor, Melissa Vasquez was in labor with her third child. "Oh my gosh is he gonna get here?" she worried.

"I was determined to make it," Maximos said. He kept calling the nurses and updating them on his progress.

He got there just in time to deliver Vasquez's baby girl, Mila. "She's here. She's healthy and it's all thanks to him," said Vasquez.

He also delivered Monika Thiede's firstborn, a little boy she named Bradley. "It made me feel really good that you came in and delivered him," said Thiede.

"It was a group effort that we got everyone safely delivered and taken care of," said Maximos.