In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a few families are celebrating the miracle of life — babies born smack-dab in the middle of the storm, and some at hospitals that completely lost power.
As Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the East Coast on Oct. 29, some expectant mothers were worried about another act of nature — going into labor in the middle of a superstorm.
North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. welcomed 18 babies on Oct. 29, the height of Sandy’s wrath on New York.
One of those babies, Marianna Harutunian, was welcomed into the world at 8:38 as a healthy 7-pound, 5-ounce girl, but the journey to the hospital wasn’t easy for her parents Vartan and Marina Harutunian— they battled fierce winds and downed trees on their drive over.
Still more families faced worse hardships. Julia Almany was having contractions at NYU’s Langone Medical Center when the power went out — and the backup generator failed. As she was going into labor, the hospital basement flooded.
When her contractions worsened, Julia’s husband Doron helped doctors give his wife an epidural in the dark.
“I was holding a cell phone above her while they were putting in the IV and while they were putting in the epidural,” he told Today.
They were able to get her into an ambulance and transport her to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they welcomed a healthy baby Micah.
We’re so happy these babies arrived safe and sound!
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— Christina Stiehl
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