Canadian med-school student drafted by Chiefs helped bring twins into world in emergency C-section

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a Canadian med-school student drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the...

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a Canadian med-school student drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round, was busy in the OR while an emergency C-section was being performed during the second round of picks. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

Good thing Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wasn't selected in Round 2 of the NFL draft.

He'd have missed the call.

At that time early Friday night he was helping to bring twins into the world during an emergency C-section in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Montreal Children's Hospital.

Duvernay-Tardif -- eventually selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round Saturday afternoon -- is a med-school student at Montreal's prestigious McGill University. Its med school is perennially ranked among the top 20 in the world.

A native of the South Montreal community of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Duvernay-Tardif has been interning this spring at MCH, a renowned children's hospital, in between taking visits to NFL teams and prepping himself physically for a pro football career.

After interning in the children's ER in March and April, the 23-year-old has been pulling shifts in the NICU.

"I was supposed to be done my shift on Friday by 5:30 (p.m. EDT)," he said in a telephone interview from Montreal. "But at 5:35 there was a call in the OR for an emergency C-section of two twins that had umbilical cords wrapped around their heads.


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