Hundreds Evacuated From NYC Hospital

Backup generator fails at NYU Tisch

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 30, 2012 1:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – As superstorm Sandy lashed New York City, a New York University hospital had to move out more than 200 patients after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out. Dozens of ambulances lined up outside NYU Tisch Hospital last 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 because the elevators don't work without power. The patients are being transferred to other hospitals in the area.

Ambulances wait outside New York University Tisch Hospital Monday night.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Medical workers assist a patient into an ambulance during an evacuation of New York University's Tisch Hospital Monday night.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
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