Transcript for Hospitals, medical centers react to Harvey flooding
With that unrelenting storm, the most vulnerable are at risk this morning. Several Texas hospitals and medical centers are struggling with the massive logistical challenge of evacuating their patients while also facing a supply shortage. ABC's Victor Oquendo was live outside Ben Taub hospital in Houston and, Victor, tell us what you're learning there this morning. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. This hospital is one of two trauma one centers in the Houston area. The situation here was dire. So far they've moved out six critical patients and they're still working on moving out 60 more patients. Hospitals across Houston trapped by flooding facing power outages and rapidly dwindling supplies racing to evacuate. Here at Ben Taub, floodwater and sewage overwhelming the hospital's basement, affecting much needed food and medicine. The situation happening at Ben Taub right now, for example, where they're apparently running out of food at one point there and there was also some flooding concerns, what can something like that do to a hospital. If you start to run out of supplies and can't feed people that's a big problem. Reporter: While the hospital struggled neighbors turning to each other for help. This dramatic moment from KTRK shows one of their reporters trying to help a woman deliver her baby in northeast Houston. The pregnant woman received help and was taken to a hospital. Another incredible story of new life at this inundated apartment complex. Neighbors forming a human chain to help a woman in labor through the rising waters. There were at least 15 people in our apartment at one point. All trying to help and lend a hand and bringing supplies and making phone calls and it was remarkable. Reporter: And this picture of an elderly stroke victim be floodwaters up to her mattress before being rescued. What can they do if they're just standing in dirty water. The water is filthy. It contains sewage. It contains runoff from who knows what. You need to get out of the water as quickly as possible. Reporter: The flooding here in the basement of Ben Taub had a major impact affecting the pharmacy, food and supplies. Word this morning they've been able to restock food and linens, Amy for right now they say they're stable. For right now, Victor Oquendo, thank you. Let's go to ABC senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton live at the er at resolute health, a hospital in new braunfels, Texas where victims are now being taken for medical attention the tell us what you're seeing there. So, Amy, this here at resolute health is part of an outlying area of hospitals that have received over 700 patients from the flood zone. They are on medical standby. They're able and ready to receive more patients. They are running a military-style medical operation here. Now it's just a matter of getting the health care providers and doctors and nurses to these patients. Yesterday unprecedented, the Texas governor enacted provisions to allow out of state medical professionals to get emergency medical privileges here in Texas. I completed that paperwork yesterday. We are going to try to get in to rescue and help people again today. Yesterday it was unsafe. I'm bringing a pretty extensive medical kit including some basic dressings, some antibiotics and, you guys, shoelaces in case I need to tie off an umbilical cord after doing a delivery. We're prepared for anything. So flat you are there to help. We hope the logistics get easier and you get to where you need to be.
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