Dr. Hanna of Levelland - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Dr. Hanna of Levelland

Dr. John Hanna has only been in Levelland about seven years, but that's long enough to deliver nearly a thousand babies in that town. He has discovered that being a country doc in family practice really means you're on call for yourself 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact, he says one time in the middle of the night, when he was exhausted and sound asleep. He found out the people of Levelland will take extreme measures to get him out of bed in an emergency.

"It was like bam, bam, bam on my bedroom window, and I was like ahhh! Because someone is banging on my window and I see flashlights. Whats going on? Because my window faces the backyard, so I peak around and this policeman shines this light in my eyes, and I am like what are you doing in my backyard? He is like go to labor and delivery? I was like OK and run out the door, jump in my car and drive off, and I got there and fortunately she had a really good epideral, so I walk in and she is like did you sleep good? I was like the phone didn't ring, I am sorry. You know whats interesting because apparently everybody listens to the police scanner everybody! So by 8 a.m. everyone knew," says Dr. John Hanna in Levelland.

Dr. Hanna doesn't get much sleep. He says sometimes when he's really dragging during the day. People say, "Poor Dr. Hanna must have delivered a baby during the night." The truth is he probably answered the phone 30 times during the night.

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