Patients Medically Evacuated from Puerto Rico to Nicklaus Children's Hospital After Hurricane Maria

Published on: 10/02/2017

A week after Hurricane Maria devastated the Island of Puerto Rico as a category five storm, three patients awaiting complex heart surgeries were evacuated for medical reasons from University Children's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nicklaus Children’s for critical care.

In collaboration with government partners, the LifeFlight® critical care transport program and a medical team from Nicklaus Children’s arranged for the transfer of the fragile infants.

All three babies, Amelia, Liam and Gabriellyz, underwent complex heart operations with Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Heart Program.

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