Nurse climbs cliff during storm to go deliver babies


ASHE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Maggie McNeill loves her job. She’s been a nurse for more than a decade. Currently, she works at Ashe County Memorial Hospital and lives in Grassy Creek.

Nothing was keeping her from getting to work Monday night after severe weather struck in Western Carolina.

“Well, it’s definitely something that I feel like was God’s calling for my life. I love what I do. I love my patients. I’ve been in women’s health ever since I started as a nurse. I have a passion for helping other mothers bring their babies into the world. That moment never gets old.”

That night, two babies were about to be delivered and McNeill knew she needed to get to the hospital, quickly.

“And for our small hospital that’s a pretty significant evening. So I knew I couldn’t leave them without help,” McNeill said.

When she started driving to work, she ended up getting trapped in her neighborhood. The bridge that leads her out her subdivision to the highway was impassable due to flooding and a fallen tree.

So she started climbing a cliff so she could reach the highway to catch a ride.

“That’s when I called my daddy. Because  that’s what girls do when we are in trouble we call our daddies,” McNeill said. 

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