Doc Delivers 4 Sets of Twins in 24 Hours

Updated: 11/27/2007


You can excuse Dr. Kenneth Merkitch if he's seeing double these days. He's been an obstetrician-gynecologist at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for 19 years, but he said he's never experienced a 24-hour on-call period like the one he put in on Friday and Saturday, when he delivered four sets of twins.

''I don't think I ever delivered two sets of twins on a call day,'' Merkitch said.

''It was hard to believe that everything was coming in twos, but after a while you're up all night, you might as well keep delivering babies,'' he said. ''It's something I don't think I'll see again.''

Merkitch delivered one other baby during his shift; he also couldn't recall ever delivering nine babies during a similar shift.

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