NY Hospital Staff Traverse 9 Flights of Stairs to Evacuate Sick Babies

NYU Langone Medical Center in Lower Manhattan, out of power from both main sources and backup generators and facing 10-12 feet of water in the wake of the superstorm Sandy, evacuated all patients yesterday and this morning, including its newborns and ill babies. Hospital staff carried the young patients down 9 flights of stairs to evacuate them safely from the building, as CNN.com reports:

The evacuation was moving more slowly than expected, according to hospital spokeswoman Lisa Grenier. About 40 patients remained to be evacuated at 9 a.m. Tuesday, she said. Brotman said earlier that he anticipated the evacuation would last until around 6:30 a.m.

The dawn of a new day, however, brought some help. “At least there’s daylight coming in through the windows,” Grenier said.

Four of the newborns were on respirators that were breathing for them, and when the power went out, each baby was carried down nine flights of stairs while a nurse manually squeezed a bag to deliver air to the baby’s lungs.

“This is a labor-intensive, extremely difficult process,” Brotman said.

Image: Emergency stairs, via Shutterstock

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  1. by Nickelle

    On October 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    God bless those beautiful people.

  2. by Holly B.

    On October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    When I explain to my children 5 & 6 yrs old what super heros are these nurses will be my example! Amazing!

  3. by Stephanie

    On October 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    This is what super heroes look like. What amazing wonderful people!

  4. by Allison Dolan

    On November 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    What an amazing thing! My son was born in NYU Langhorne and the nursing staff was truly amazing.