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

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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