Infant Death Highlights NYC Storm Response Troubles - News - @

Infant Death Highlights NYC Storm Response Troubles

Infant death is one of many incidents depicting a city struggling to deal with the holiday winter weather.


JEMS | | Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The New York Daily News is reporting that during the blizzard that covered much of the city, a baby delivered inside a Brooklyn building died after the emergency call for the birth brought no help for nine hours.

According to Daily News reporters, the newborn was pronounced dead on Monday night, 10 hours after the first call from the lobby of the Crown Heights apartment. The mother is reportedly recovering at Interfaith Medical Center. The grandmother states that her Crown Heights neighborhood was not plowed, and hours went by before help arrived. Once firefighters and police officers managed to make it to the apartment, the baby was unconcious and unresponsive.

The infant death is one of many incidents depicting a city struggling to deal with the holiday winter weather.

Queens: According to state Senator Jose Peralta's office, a woman dies after waiting over three hours once a 911 call is finally answered.

Brooklyn: A woman ended up spending the night with her dead father due to the medical examinier taking more than 24 hours to claim his body.

Brooklyn: Good samaritans fashioned a cot into a sled and helped carry an elderly heart attack victim after the FDNY ambulance transporting him became stuck in a snowbank.

The Daily News states that none of these difficulties overshadows the death of the infant in Brooklyn. The pregnant woman, who had kept details of the impending birth from her family, was walking home whe she went into an apartmenr building lobby, unable to no further.

According to an FDNY source, a 911 call was made at 8:30 a.m. with the caller saying the birth wasn't imminent. The call received a low priority, and dispatchers unsuccessfully tried twice to contact the calling party over the next few hours. A second call, more urgent, was received at 4:30 p.m. reporting the woman was bleeding and birth was imminent. The call was then upgraded.

One hour later, the NYPD contacted the FDNY/EMS reporting that the baby had been delivered but was unconscious. Police officers cut the umbilical cord and tried to resuscitate the baby. This upgraded the call was then upgraded to the highest priority, and sources reported that an FDNY EMS crew arrived within 12 minutes, at 6:00 p.m.

The city medical examiner is expected to do an autopsy on the baby.

Related Links:

Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, new york city, New York, FDNY EMS, delayed response, blizzard

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox


Fire EMS Blogs

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts


EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >

More Product Videos >