10 NICU babies evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian: ‘This is just what we do’

Transport teams from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta labored by way of the closing weekend to securely evacuate 10 neonatal intensive care (NICU) babies from hospitals in Savannah, Ga., ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

“By early this morning, 10 tiny but mighty patients had safely taken up refuge with our teams here in Atlanta,” it wrote in a Tuesday Facebook put up. “Hospitals weather storms together, and we are especially proud of our people today.”


The employee’s members headed out as forecasters warned that the hurricane was headed for Georgia’s coast, prompting concern about safety.

“These kids, they were in an intensive care unit and we were able to provide intensive care unit level of care while in a truck,” Rana Roberts, director of trauma and transportation at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, suggested PEOPLE. “So they absolutely are mini-ICUs on wheels. This is just what we do. Our teams do this with regularity and professionalism and dedication to children. When we made the phone call saying, ‘We need your support,’ the caregivers didn’t bat an eye. They’re really the hero of the situation.”

As of Friday, Hurricane Dorian had weakened nonetheless was nonetheless dangerous, its winds battering North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It had slammed the Bahamas with 185 mph winds earlier this week, leaving at least 30 deaths and an unlimited path of destruction. It then headed in direction of Florida and Georgia nonetheless largely stayed off the coast.

Roberts suggested PEOPLE that the hospitals from which the babies had been moved did not absolutely evacuate, and teams relied on vans as an alternative choice to a helicopter as a result of of the local weather concerns. The babies had been anticipated to go once more to Savannah on Friday.

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