UC doctors: We're blessed to work at holidays

Posted at 11:43 PM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 23:43:11-05

CINCINNATI -- About 20 doctors staffed the emergency room at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for Thanksgiving. Working holidays is nothing new to them -- some even requested to work Thursday.

Dr. Opeolu Adeoye and Dr. Jason McMullan said they feel blessed they can help patients at some of their most vulnerable moments.

"No one comes to the emergency department because they want to," McMullan said. "They come when they have to, so there is always a little bit of sadness, a little bit of tragedy, sometimes a little bit of celebration. Those emotions tend to be a little more peaked on a day like Thanksgiving or Christmas or someone's birthday."

As far as cooking injuries go -- cuts, burns and the like -- there weren't too many problems, the doctors said.

"I haven't seen one in a while, but certainly the turkey accident is not an uncommon phenomenon around this time of year, but so far, so good today," Adeoye said.

For the last 12 years, McMullan has hosted a dinner on the day after Thanksgiving for anyone who had to work the holiday

Watch the video above to hear more from Adeoye and McMullan about the dedication of doctors at the holidays.