Catherine Baucom: Surgeon Uses Little Girl's Bike to Beat Traffic
Baton Rouge surgeon, Catherine Baucom, MD of Elliot Mastology Center, made her way through traffic on a children's bike to make it to surgery on time.
Baton Rouge surgeon, Catherine Baucom, MD of Elliot Mastology Center, was on her way to surgery at BRASS Surgery Center last Wednesday morning when she found herself caught in the traffic caused by the accident that shutdown Interstate 10.
Dr. Baucom remembered a friend that lived a few blocks from her position in the mayhem and made her way to his house.
"Catherine called, she was outside my house. She said 'Hey do you have a bike?' I walked outside and said yeah, it's a kids bike," said Dr. Brian Barnett. After a quick test run, Dr. Baucom decided the bike was her only choice to get to the hospital.
Dr. Barnett loaned her his seven year old daughter's bike and helmet and the nearly six foot tall surgeon resumed her journey to the surgery center.
"It was hot pink and small," Dr. Baucom said, describing the bike. "The helmet was pink with princesses."
She says she traveled down Tara Boulevard, onto Fairway Drive, crossed Jefferson Highway and over to Essen Lane. When she reached I10, she was stopped by police. After explaining the circumstances and where she was headed, she was escorted through to meet her patient.
But not given a ride, no. Just escorted. And videotaped: