Baby with COVID-19, in need of intensive care bed, airlifted to hospital 150 miles away


HOUSTON (KTRK) – Sign that the delta variant is affecting more children daily, a baby in Texas contracted COVID-19, and she had to be airlifted to a hospital 150 miles away because there were no beds intensive care for her at the Houston Pediatric Hospital.

In a video provided by Harris Health, an 11-month-old girl is placed in a medical transport helicopter Thursday morning and sent to a hospital in Temple, 150 miles away.

“We actually put out a transfer request (…) for a higher level of care, pediatric patients, and we couldn’t identify a facility in Houston,” said Patricia Darnauer of LBJ Hospital. .

She said her staff had called the top five pediatric hospital systems in the greater Houston area and none would take a transferred patient.

While that doesn’t mean there are no beds, it’s clear the COVID-19 outbreak is straining resources.

“I don’t have the details for each facility, I’m sure each has different criteria for accepting or rejecting a patient,” Darnauer said.

There are many factors that contribute to a shortage of pediatric beds. First, the delta variant of COVID-19 places more children in hospitals.

In addition, according to doctors, there is an increase in respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.

There are also typical childhood injuries in the summer, such as falling off a bicycle and breaking an arm or leg, as well as back-to-school health checks.

While every child’s situation is different, for today that means an 11-month-old baby girl receives her COVID-19 treatment 150 miles away.

“Now we have many patients, many patients every day. We are back beyond our pre-pandemic volumes at LBJ, ”said Darnauer.

So what can worried parents do? Get them vaccinated if they are eligible.

Children under the age to be vaccinated should wear masks when indoors or with groups of people.

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