One of the emergency room physicians of Florida Hospital New Smyrna, Dr. Abigail Adams, is a phenomenonal of a child of Christ. She is kind, loving, and helpful to those in need. She has also inspired people to live their life with hope by her own example.
One of Dr. Adams’ God-driven acts was when she had a patient who needed to get her gallbladder removed. Dr. Adams sat next to the young girl while she cried. The girl explained that she could not stay because she had to work, and without her working, her family would lose the money that they desperately needed. Dr. Adams tried to talk the girl into staying, but she was persistent and said she had to go. The physician later took out her wallet and handed the girl an unknown amount of money to help her family with their expenses. The patient ended up staying and had a successful procedure.
Another life-motivating story was when Dr. Adams made a rapid assessment and decision to transfer a patient to UF Health Shands Hospital, a teaching hospital in Gainesville, Florida, due to her critical condition. The patient’s mother told Ms. Julie Carter, the emergency department director at Florida Hospital New Smyrna, “Dr Adams saved my daughter’s life. We are grateful for the care she gave her that day in June.”
Sacred Heart Catholic School and Church in New Smyrna Beach would like to thank Dr. Adams for her compassion towards others, and for going the extra mile to take care of her patients. She has made an impact on those families forever! It is not surprising to meet her and feel her caring and loving presence. She picks up her two children, who both go to Sacred Heart School and she also finds time to support Sacred Heart School by coaching basketball to students in younger grades. Dr. Adams is married to a Sacred Heart School graduate Dr. Ben Adams, a dentist. We think of her as a disciple and Florida Hospital New Smyrna knows what it is like to have one!
Written by Melina, an eighth grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach. Photos provided as a courtesy.