It has been three days, of the life taking hurricane Harvey. In the city, Dr. Michael Braun, Chief of Pediatric nephrology centre at Texas Children’s Hospital was getting tensed .
The Hurricane Harvey had already flooded the city stranding thousands of people in their homes and leaving many roads impassable .The flooded city was already suffering from life related problems. There were many young patients who were untreated for several days and this helpless phenomena could lead to death.
Dr. Braun had already made up his mind to do the maximum that he could do for the sufferers but this act was indeed next impossible because nearly 33 kids desperate for immediate dialysis has to rescued and they were all scattered in all over the city.
Dr. Braun’s patients were relied upon dialysis which is called “the artificial kidney”. It is a treatment that filters blood to remove nitrogenous waste and excess fluid, to stay alive in case there is kidney failure.Braun’s Centre is one of the country’s largest clinic for children with kidney failure, providing care for babies through young adults.
The patients with kidney failure need the treatment three to four days a week with a maximum of two days between sessions. If the needful is not none the patients can suffer severe consequences: hypertension, headaches, chest pain, vomiting and ultimately death.
Being in such helpless and fragile situation Dr. Braun understood that he alone would not be able to make the thing out so he sought help from Dr. Rita Swinford, the medical director of the Pediatric unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which is located just four blocks away in an area of southwest Houston.
In a do or die situation Swinford itself couldn’t arrange herself and started panicking.They eventually did resolve the possible condition, they cared for every child in between the units in southwest Texas.
Thirty three of their patients were critically overdue for dialysis and desperately needed to get to a unit. They however need to find a way to get those children and their families, who were spread all over the region, around the centre in just one day.
Sources say that Dr. Braun took the help of the coastguard, called him and gave him the list of the patients and their phone numbers. They wanted or rather it was their wholehearted mission to track down all the patients and bring them to the units for dialysis before it was enough late.
Lt. Brad Bryan, the Coast Guard liaison to the Texas State Emergency Operation Centre said they immediately started working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management to create a map of Houston that pinpointed the location of each child, with colour coding based on their criticality.
The whole team started working efficiently and they were quickly able to deploys sweeping rescue effort which included first responders from the Houston police and fire department, the Coast Guard, a Federal Emergency Management Agency rescue team and the US Air Force.
There were harrowing trip and ambulance to take the young patients to the center for their dialysis.
To that Dr. Braun said, “what these families have been through is completely mind-boggling. These are parents who are extremely resilient, they are used to dealing with difficulties and complex medical care issues. They were all aware that if they couldn’t get to us, potentially their children could die.”
The news that they were successful was worth every sleepless minute. The Coast Guard servicemen Bryan and Gardner who spent hours on the phone with the families throughout the mission are planning to meet up with the children whose lives they helped save.
Dr. Braun being unconditional successful at this impossible mission said, “hearing all these kids were going to be with their parents, and they are going to survive, is the best gift I ever could have got.”
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News Source: Huffington Post