Health workers from a hospital in Louisiana braved the aftermath of Hurricane Laura to care for the 19 babies in the neonatal intensive care.
Medical workers around the globe have proven their devotion and selflessness in these trying times of the pandemic. Even more so, they have overcome so much so that patients can get the medical care they need.
According to CNN, a team of 14 nurses, 2 neonatal practitioners, 3 respiratory therapists, and a doctor stayed the night when Hurricane Laura hit Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. They grouped into two teams and took shifts to watch over the babies while others try to get some sleep.
“It’s important to know the dedication of all the nurses and the respiratory therapists to keep taking care of the babies when they don’t even know the condition of their homes,” Dr. Juan Bossano told CNN. “In a small town like this, people have to pull together. I’m proud of them.”
Reportedly, Lake Charles got some of the worst of the storm. With winds 120-135 mph, local authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation in the area. Nevertheless, Bossano and his team prioritized the lives of the children.
Bossano added, “Some of the babies were on respirators and ventilators, some as small as one or two pounds. And some of them were born prematurely at just 23 weeks.”
Alesha Alford, Vice President of the hospital commended the team’s effort. “It was scary for everyone,” Alford said. “When the winds got so bad, we had to move our patients into the hallways. Staff were sleeping in the hallways with patients.”
Before the hectic night, Bossano said that the tiny patients went through a wild ride. They got transferred from the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women to the main hospital because of the threat of the storm.
Matt Felder, Director of Communications of the hospital said, “In two hours’ time, we transferred 19 NICU babies from that facility to our main campus. They did it in record time, 19 babies across the city in under two hours.”
Now, doctors have to transfer the babies to the state hospital because the damage to the hospital. Regardless, Felder is positive for the babies. “It’s a bright spot in this horrific tragedy our community is facing.”