NEW YORK – Good thing Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wasn’t selected in Round 2 of the NFL draft.
He’d have missed the call.
At that time early Friday night he was helping to bring twins into the world during an emergency C-section in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Duvernay-Tardif — eventually selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round on Saturday afternoon — is a med-school student at Montreal’s prestigious McGill University. Its med school is perennially ranked among the Top 20 in the world.
A native of the South Montreal community of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Duvernay-Tardif has been interning this spring at MCH, a renowned children’s hospital, in between taking visits to NFL teams and prepping himself physically for a pro football career.
After interning in the children’s ER in March and April, the 23-year-old has been pulling shifts in the NICU.
“I was supposed to be done my shift on Friday by 5:30 (p.m. EDT),” he said in a telephone interview from Montreal. “But at 5:35 there was a call in the OR for an emergency C-section of two twins that had umbilical cords wrapped around their heads.
“So we had to stay another hour-and-a-half to do that. So I didn’t get to my (adviser’s place to watch the draft) until the beginning of the third round.”
Duvernay-Tardif underscores that he did not assist with the actual delivery of the twins. Yet he did far more than merely observe.
By protocol he said he was positioned at the head of the one twin boy he would care for upon delivery, then followed resuscitation protocol upon delivery.
“I took the baby from the OR to a table. I started to dry him, gave him oxygen and took his pulse and everything,” Duvernay-Tardif said.
“Normally I have a chance to do quite a lot in the NICU, but as some of the cases get critical or complicated the specialists take over.
“To be precise, we (interns) don’t deliver. The obstetrician does that. But as soon as the baby comes out of the mother, you’re the one taking care of it.”
Duvernay-Tardif was scheduled to work one more shift in the NICU, but he has to cancel that. He’s flying to Kansas City on Sunday to prep for Chiefs rookie mini-camp.
From the OR to the O-line.