When you’re a medical professional, you always have to be prepared to help someone in need. Although nurses have no legal obligation to help a member of the public while they are off duty, they do have a humanitarian one.
When one nurse rushed to help a woman in labor, she had no idea that it was part of an elaborate setup.
Amy Marshall is a nurse and she runs the labor department in the hospital she works at, so she’s no stranger to delivering babies. But, surprisingly, she’s never come across a medical emergency when she’s off duty.
Nevertheless, when she heard of a woman going into labor on the street, she did what any nurse would do – she rushed to help.
Amy had been getting bagels with her partner Mike Matthews when he showed her a screenshot from the Citizen app – an app that allows users to track crime – alerting them to a medical emergency nearby.
When they arrived on the scene, Amy knew exactly what to do.
Firefighters were already on the scene and they provided Amy with some latex gloves. The woman who was going into labor was sitting on a bench, panicking. Amy donned the gloves and went “right into nurse mode,” Mike later told I Love the Upper West Side.
Little did she know, the entire thing had been staged.
“My biggest regret was not recording the audio. I mean, there was yelling, screaming, and Amy was about to take her pants off and deliver this baby! My friend literally had to tell her “not yet!”, and that’s when she turned around,” Mike explained in an interview with I Love the Upper West Side.
And when Amy turned around, Mike was down on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand. But Amy was not impressed!
Amy realized what was happening when she turned and saw Mike proposing to her. She ripped off her gloves, making no effort to hide that she was highly annoyed. Then, she put her hands on her hips and glared at him!
But what was Mike thinking when he set all of this up?
“For whatever reason, she’s NEVER had a medical emergency in NY outside of her hospital. You and me see people get hit on their bikes weekly, but it never happens, so she’s never had to rush to help,” Mike told I Love the Upper West Side.
After all of this, would Amy say “yes”?
Thankfully, Amy accepted Mike’s proposal. But, love the idea or hate it, Mike went through a lot to make sure everything went exactly according to plan:
“I reached out to NYPD and FDNY to see if we could set up a mock-scene where an actor friend is having a baby on the street or on the bus coming home from work. And, Amy is called on to help and then BOOM, I show up to propose.”
Every detail for the ruse was well thought out, down to the “screenshot” from the Citizen app.
Mike even had a graphic designer create the fake screenshot. He was 100% sure that Amy would rush to help a woman in labor.
The pregnant woman “in labor” was actually one of Mike’s friends, who was in on the secret plan.
“I made her think she was delivering a baby in the middle of a street and she still loves me and I love her, so this is going to work out,” Mike said in a later interview with I Love the Upper Westside.
Congratulations to Mike and Amy, who plan to have a small ceremony in Central Park in May!
To watch Amy’s hilarious reaction when she cottons on to the prank, watch the video below.
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