Twenty babies along with several other patients were evacuated from NYU’s Langone Medical Center after heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy caused the hospital to lose power.
Even with a backup generator, NYU's hospital in downtown Manhattan lost its power around midnight combating Hurricane Sandy that barreled through the East Coast in New York City on Monday.
Fatigued and tired healthcare staff worked through the night to evacuate the patients at a pace of one patient every 15 minutes.
Babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were evacuated during the night as hospital's respirators for infants do not have backup batteries and each of the infants required additional care from nurses at the hospital.
A nurse "breathed" for the infant by manually pressing a bag to push oxygen into the lungs while at least four other babies had to be carried to a waiting ambulance down nine flights of stairs.
Medical staff distributed flashlights and then proceeded to evacuate 260 patients on "med sleds."
“The evacuation continued all night," said Lorinda Klein, an NYU spokeswoman. “It was very slow and methodical.”