IamA 92 year old woman, one of the first female bush doctors in Alaska. I delivered a baby in a 4-seat bush plane, AMA!
I am a 92 year old retired Alaskan bush doctor.
I lived as a child in Cuba for 7 years-we left when the revolution began. Our plane left Havana and the next plane was shot down. I then moved back to the states and ended up going to LSU, graduated medical school in 1950. My residency was at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. My first job was Crown Point in New Mexico, working with the Navahos for 9 months.
After that I went to Alaska, and I was supposed to work in Anchorage, but the Native Alaskan Hospital was not finished. So I went to Tanana, in the middle of Alaska, and ran the hospital as the only doctor. I had 18 villages, none connected by roads and so I had to go by float plane and dogsled. I was a dentist, surgeon, OB, psychiatrist (whatever was needed)... holding clinics every 5-6 weeks and seeing everybody in the village.
I have delivered a baby in a plane, gone on rescue trips up the frozen Yukon on dogsled, had many babies named after me, and many more adventures!
I also wrote a book called "From Dog Sleds to Float Planes" which I sell mostly from home but there are copies on Amazon too!
My granddaughter is helping me out! AMA!
Edit: Hey guys my grandmother is going to sitting yoga right now so we will be offline for a while... I will see if she is up to answering more today, otherwise we can answer some more tomorrow morning! This really has made her so happy!