As eastern Pennsylvania experienced a snow storm, National Guard Humvees helped a 23-month-old toddler get to a life-saving medical procedure.
The toddler, who remains unidentified, needed an emergency medical procedure but the heavy snow prevented her from reaching the hospital. However, coordination between State Police, the PA National Guard and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) made the medical procedure possible by escorting the child in a special convoy.
Soon after the incident, the Pennsylvania National Guard added a post on Facebook saying, "The snow doesn't stop us! This is why we serve. #AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere."
The child needed to get from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Children's Hospital in Danville.
According to police, the incredible 80 -mile journey was a team effort and the troopers made sure everyone arrived safely.
“What happened was the child went to the hospital in East Stroudsburg and it was determined that he needed a heart transplant, and had to go back to Danville to Geisinger to get it,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.
“PennDOT led the way with a plow train. State police went with the group to make sure they were safe. The National Guard followed up to make sure that if anything happened they could help. And the local emergency responders and healthcare practitioners made sure the baby was safe while they made that trip," he added.
A Facebook user wrote: “Saw this on the news. This child was waiting for a heart transplant and got one today. Prayers for both families involved in this beautiful gift of life. Thank you PSP, National Guard and paramedics for making this happen.”
“Way to go guys. Love our men and women in blue and all of our military. Give everyone a big thank you. You guys are awesome!” another commented.
The recent snow storm in the state is expected to break significant snowfall totals.
“We can get big storms in late February, March and even early April. There have been storms like this before in 1993, 1994 and the early 1960s," said David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.