A Texas doctor has gone viral after a mother revealed that he delivered her — and then her son — 25 years later.
On July 28, Lauren Cortez of San Antonio, Texas, posted a heartwarming tweet announcing the birth of her son, Logan, who was born two days prior. “25 years later, the doctor who delivered me also delivered my son,” she captioned the four photos.
As of Friday, the tweet, which contained photos of the family and Dr. Bryan Cox, an OBGYN at Seven Oaks Women Center in San Antonio, had been liked almost one million times and received almost 100,000 retweets. Cortez did not immediately respond to Yahoo Life’s request for comment.
Cox tells Yahoo Life that he had no idea the story went viral until his niece, whom he also delivered, brought it to the attention of his wife. “My first thought [was] that this was so exciting because my daughter, who is 16, has not had something go viral yet. I beat her to it without even trying,” he jokes. “I think it’s wonderful that people really want to share such a wholesome story.”
25 years later, the doctor who delivered me also delivered our son!! 👶🏻😭 pic.twitter.com/RMgskxGiU2
— Lauren Cortez (@_vivalaluna) July 28, 2020
Over the course of 33 years, Cox has delivered more than 5,000 babies and like Cortez, some of those babies grew up and trusted him to deliver their children as well.
“It’s a wonderful reoccurring experience. Lauren, she was as cute as a bug...throughout the pregnancy, she would come in and we would giggle and talk about it. I, of course, asked how [her] mom was doing and if she was excited about being a grandma. When you go through that, you remember the kid as an infant, then at 2 or 3 years old. Then, you don’t see them for quite some time and when they show up again, they’re a woman, but it’s always fun.”
The doctor says that he now asks his patients a routine question if they are younger than 33: “Did I deliver you?”
With the pandemic in full swing, Dr. Cox says that although his practice is busy, there is new protocol, including limiting the amount of people allowed in the office and the delivery room. However, he truly loves his job.
“Taking care of pregnant women is one of the highest of highs,” he tells Yahoo Life. “The conditions that I deal with are intellectually interesting and I’ve been crazy blessed to find medicine. And go into a specialty that I enjoy so much — for which I don’t mind getting up at 4:00 a.m.”
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