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NICU Babies Evacuated From the Coast Before Harvey Hits

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Every detail must be thought of when lives on are the line, and hospitals around the Corpus Christi area must consider what’s best for their current patients when anticipating the incoming natural disaster. Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas has chosen to evacuate their smallest patients from the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. CBS DFW says that 10 babies were relocated in preparation for Hurricane Harvey.

Becker’s Hospital Review writes that the babies were flown to Fort Worth where they could receive the amount of care they need while the storm, which is expected to hit with 111 mph winds, rages on at home in Corpus Christi. These 10 infants are all of the current NICU patients.

On their website, Driscoll Children’s Hospital says that three of their clinics will be closed also starting now through this weekend. “Driscoll Children’s Urgent Care – Corpus Christi (5945 Saratoga Blvd.), Driscoll Imaging Center (5945 Saratoga Blvd.) and Driscoll After-Hours Clinic – Victoria (115 Medical Drive, Suite 101) will close Friday until further notice because of Hurricane Harvey,” they write. Clinic closures along with the evacuation of NICU patients really drives home how serious and stressful the hurricane is for our coast.