Texas Hospital Successfully Transported Sick Babies Out of Hurricane Harvey’s Path
All 10 of the babies made it safely.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas as a Category 4 storm on Friday night, with 130-mile-per-hour winds and heavy, torrential rain.
But just before the storm devastated the Gulf Coast and other towns in southeast Texas, Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi was tasked with getting babies in their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) out of harm's way.
The children's hospital started the evacuation process on Thursday, August 24, amid Hurricane Harvey's threat. Nurses and respiratory therapists worked steadfastly to transport the babies into aircrafts for transport to a Dallas-area hospital. However, the small aircrafts could only hold two patients at a time, so neighboring hospitals chipped in, sending additional planes to assist with evacuation.
Per Debbie Boudreaux, Cook Children's director of transport, "the sickest of the sick" who relied on ventilators needed to be moved as quickly as possible.
"Those are the patients you need to get out quick, and that's our focus right now," Boudreaux told the Dallas News.
On Friday, August 25, all 10 of the babies made it to Dallas before the powerful storm blew ashore, thanks to the hospital's emergency preparedness efforts and nearby medical centers and their staff stepping up to help.
You can see the transport live in action in the video below.
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