Ten babies have been safely evacuated from Driscoll Medical Center in Corpus Christi and flown into Fort Worth by Cook Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health amid Hurricane Harvey. According to Cook Children’s, the babies are “resting comfortably” in Level IV neonatal intensive care unit rooms with their families until it’s safe for them to return.
Cook Children’s told D CEO Healthcare that it took about 18 hours to rescue the NICU babies from Corpus Christi. The last two babies arrived at 6:30 a.m. Friday. Fox 4 News reported the 10 most acute babies (needing ventilators or other forms of special needs) in Driscoll’s NICU unit were flown out Thursday night via Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport Program.
Children’s Health helped Cook Children’s in evacuating the critically ill babies. The hospital sent two planes (on Thursday and Friday) to transport four of the 10 NICU patients. Children’s Health told D CEO Healthcare that a crew of 15 members, including an on-site nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner, were in the rescue party.
Sheralyn Hartline, NICU director at Cook Children’s, said in a statement: “Because of the extraordinary nature of the hurricane and the transport teams working together, these babies arrived in a dramatic way to our NICU. But now that they are here, our NICU staff is very much in their comfort zone of taking care of these babies. This is normal for our team. Our physicians, nurses and everyone who works in the NICU are all prepared and trained for occasions exactly like this one.”