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This week in Tell Me Something Good, we have music, babies, and a doctor’s 40 year legacy.
For 40 years Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja has been delivering babies and singing to every single one of them, according to CBS News. Over his career, he has delivered 8,000 babies and gained the nickname “The Singing Doctor” for his penchant for serenading the newborns.
“Happy Birthday” and “What a Wonderful World” are his go-to lullabies. He explained why he sings the Louis Armstrong hit to the babies: “To me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hand, the miracle of life. And the rest of is that it’s a beautiful world we live in. We forget about all the crisis going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”
Dr. Andrew-Jaja officially retired at the end of June from UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and sang his last song to a baby at the hospital. The doctor says that the last baby he serenaded was as important as the first, saying that each child is an individual. “You know, I’ve delivered thousands and thousands of babies. When I’m singing to those babies, I think I’m singing to a future important person. That’s the credit I give to all of them,” he said.
May 16 was declared “Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja Day” in Pittsburgh, where the legacy of “The Singing Doctor” will live on in the fond memories of the young lives he touched.
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