Texas nurses rescue babies from NICU amid Hurricane Laura

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 31st, 2020 1:24 pm

Last Updated Sep 1st, 2020 at 7:49 pm

A group of Texas nurses drove across state lines after Hurricane Laura to rescue babies in the neonatal intensive care unit of a Louisiana hospital hit hard by the Category 4 storm.

After CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was ravished by 100 mph winds, four babies in the NICU had to be transported to another facility.

Nurses at its sister hospital in Beaumont, Texas, sprang to action and provided the high-tech equipment needed to safely transfer the babies 90 miles to the facility in Texas.

"Knowing that it's been us in that same position many times before, there was no question about whether or not to help," Paul Trevino, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, said. "After the storm passed, we immediately began working with leaders at our system office and Louisiana hospitals to understand their needs and enacted plans to safely move a handful of special needs patients from their hospital to ours."

The NICU babies are now being cared for at St. Elizabeth NICU. The hospital staff is working closely with the newborns' parents to ensure they have everything they need.

"A NICU stay is not usually something parents expect to face while they are anticipating the arrival of their newborn," Kelli Huebel, registered nurse and NICU transport coordinator at St. Elizabeth, said. "So, a stay in the NICU combined with needing to transport their baby from one state to another is especially stressful. Our job is to love, support, and care for these babies and their families."


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