October 29, 2012 in Nation/World

Power out at NYC hospital; 200 patients evacuated

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hospital is moving out more than 200 patients after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out by a superstorm.

Dozens of ambulances lined up outside NYU Tisch Hospital on Monday night as doctors and nurses began the slow process of taking people out. They started with the sickest and youngest, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care. Some were on respirators operating on battery power.

NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman says some of the patients are being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses. He says they have to be carefully carried down staircases. The elevators don’t work without power.

Patients will be taken to other hospitals including Mount Sinai and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer.

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