As Hurricane Laura pummeled Louisiana, NICU nurses in Lake Charles carried on with their jobs as if nothing was happening outside — even when it was time to evacuate, even when the air conditioning went out, even when the water stopped working and even when the hospital started flooding.
There were 20 nurses on call during the storm, tasked with taking care of almost as many babies. They could run a man-on-man defense if none of them slept.
There were 19 babies in the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital NICU. Some were on respirators and ventilators, and others were just too tiny to be home.
“It’s important to know the dedication of all the nurses and the respiratory therapists to keep taking care of the babies when they don’t even know the condition of their homes,” one of the doctors said. “In a small town like this, people have to pull together. I’m proud of them.”
With air conditioning and water already out, the hospital started flooding and the babies had to be moved to a different part of the facility.
Still, the nurses kept caring for the infants as they moved around, looked for safe shelter and worked against all odds.
All the babies made it through the storm, thanks to the hard work of the nurses.