Cincinnati first responders ship lungs wanted for transplant amid snowstorm


Erica Carbajal – – |

First responders navigated a major blizzard on February 10 to transport a pair of donor lungs and three doctors to the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where a young recipient was waiting for the organ, a local NBC subsidiary WLWT reported on February 11.

The doctors and donor organ were on board a medical flight diverted from Lunken Airport to Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is 10 miles from the hospital. With 10 inches of snow on the ground and a two-hour window, the airport firefighters and Cincinnati police zigzagged through traffic to get the lungs and doctors to the hospital.

“It was just knowing that we really only had one chance to do this,” Jason Baumann, CVG airport firefighter and EMT, told the local CBS subsidiary WKRC. “If I’d spun or got stuck in the snow, that was it. Time was up.” The journey took a little over an hour.

“While we can’t discuss patient care details, Cincinnati Children’s is grateful and grateful to the Cincinnati Police Department, the CVG Fire Department, and the pilots who helped out in difficult conditions,” a hospital spokesman said in a statement on Becker’s February 12 .

WKRC reported that the recipient’s family had advised the ward that the patient was in stable condition.

“I feel very good that I was just a little involved in helping a family, perhaps leading a better life,” said Cincinnati Police Spc. Joe Stevens told WLWT.

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