Pregnant pause for basketball coach
Published 04/03/2011 | 21:56
A high school basketball coach in Texas has shown the ultimate in commitment - by guiding her team to the state tournament less than a day after giving birth.
Amber Branson, coach of the Lipan Lady Indians, led them to a regional semi-final victory in the play-offs shortly before giving birth to daughter Leslie.
However, less than 15 hours later she had made her return to the bench to mastermind another victory, giving the school its first place in the Texas state tournament in eight years.
After the triumph, Ms Branson said that despite being tired and sore, she was determined to coach her team in such a big game.
"I was pretty tired," she said. "I never felt like I couldn't do it. God's been good to me this week."
She also plans to put a basketball in Leslie's hands at an early age and hopes to return to the state tournament some day to watch her play.
With two children already, it wasn't long before Ms Branson realized her third was rapidly on the way.
She made it to the hospital in Abilene and gave birth about an hour later, meaning there was no time for an epidural to help with the pain.
The next day, Ms Branson was back on the bench.
"That was all part of God's plan. If I had the epidural, I might not have been able to make it" to the game, she said.