Ten critically ill, mostly premature babies were put on planes Thursday for the trip from Corpus Christi, on the Gulf Coast, to Fort Worth, about 400 miles north, according to The Associated Press.
Medical flight crews from Cook Children’s Medical Center and Children’s Health Dallas spent Thursday afternoon and evening flying to and from the coastal town on last-minute flights.
The 10 newborns, who were in Driscoll’s neonatal intensive care unit, were flown on specially-designed planes to a Fort Worth airport, then transported by ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in the city, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News.
Before the babies arrive at Cook, they’ll be on board the medical jets. Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb has issued a voluntary evacuation order, according to CNN. He has done this before and says they’re more than ready to assist.
Harvey is expected to become a major Category 3 hurricane before making landfall near Corpus Christi early Saturday.
“It takes a talented team of nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists to assess the needs of those babies and to be able to safely monitor those babies through the entire transport”, said Cheryl Peterson, chief nursing officer at Cook Children’s. The babies are expected to arrive in Fort Worth at 6 a.m.
By Friday morning, the health agency moved residents from its State Supported Living Center in Corpus Christi to facilities in San Antonio. “They wouldn’t be able to be maintained without electricity”, Boudreaux said.
The partnership between Cook Children’s and Driscoll Children’s hospitals came via a direct call from the CEO of Driscoll to the CEO of Children’s, King said. “The primary goal is to have those children where they need to be and safe”.