Newborn Dies in New York Blizzard

City 'dropped the ball ... big-time'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2010 7:42 AM CST

(Newser) – A newborn baby was one tragic victim of Sunday's East Coast blizzard. The mother, a 22-year-old college senior whose family didn’t know she was pregnant, was making her way to a hospital when she stopped in a building lobby in Brooklyn, unable to walk any farther. Help didn’t arrive until nine hours after the first 911 call was made, in part because the call didn’t at first seem urgent, and in part because the streets weren’t plowed, says the student’s mother: “No one could get to her.”

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The baby, who was to be placed up for adoption, was unresponsive by the time help arrived and was pronounced dead at the hospital; the mother was recovering last night. The New York Daily News has more sad stories from Monday, including a woman who couldn’t get through to 911 operators for 20 minutes and watched her mother die while waiting three hours for help, and another woman who had to spend the night with her dead father when his body couldn’t be claimed for 24 hours.
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