October 31st, 2012
02:52 PM ET

Premature baby evacuated during Sandy

Hundreds of patients had to be evacuated from NYU Medical Center during the storm when the hospital lost power and backup generators failed. The staff had to stabilize and carry people down flights of stairs using only flashlights to illuminate their path. Babies and infants on ventilators were helped by nurses hand-pumping air into their chests.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta was given exclusive access to the NICU at The Mt. Sinai Hospital, where 10 babies were transferred from NYU. He reports on a baby girl, Emma, who weighed only 2 lbs. when she had to be moved about 70 blocks from NYU Langone Medical Center. Her parents found out their child needed to be evacuated when they were watching one of Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences on T.V. But they lost power, and were stuck in New Jersey desperate to be with Emma.

"It's frightening. It's about as challenging as you can get, and when you're dealing with tiny little babies like this who are so fragile it really can be an extraordinary circumstance," said Dr. Kenneth Davis, CEO of Mt. Sinai.

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