Hurricane Laura Hit Lake Charles, Louisiana
8-28-20, CNN.Com -- Winds howled, water leaked through windows and the generators kicked on at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Despite it all, the NICU staff kept all 19 of its babies safe through the Category 4 storm. Dr. Juan Bossano reported that: "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. In a small town like this, people have to pull together. I'm proud of them."
National Weather Service reported that the residents of Lake Charles knew the hurricane was headed for their city, with mandatory evacuation order in place. The city got some of the worst of the storm, with an hour of 120-135 mph wind gusts as the eyewall crossed.
Bossano and a team of 14 nurses, 2 neonatal nurse practitioners and 3 respiratory therapists hunkered down in the NICU all night. Two teams took shifts caring for the little angels, the staff trying to get some sleep when they could.
Four of the babies were on respirators and ventilators, some as small as one or two pounds. Some of them were born premature at just 23 weeks.
There was no air conditioning and in the middle of the night, the water went out in the hospital. Alesha Alford, vice president and administrator for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women reported: "It was scary for everyone. When the winds got so bad, we had to move our patients into the hallways and staff were also sleeping in the hallways."
On Facebook Bossano reported that during the rough night the babies were doing "better than all of us."
The threat of flooding forced the NICU to evacuate to the main hospital. [..snip]
All the babies were safely transferred to other hospitals and remained in stable condition. Hoorah!! More here
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