Hurricane Ian hit a Florida hospital from above and below


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In a photo provided by Dr. Birgit Bodine, various containers and clothing soak up flood water near the debris area of ​​HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., on September 28, 2022. Hurricane Ian flooded the Florida hospital both above and below, according to Bodine, who works there emergency room on a lower level, while strong winds tore part of the fourth-floor roof off the intensive care unit.

Dr. Birgit Bodine via AP

Hurricane Ian The Florida hospital was flooded from above and below, the storm flooded its lower-level emergency room, while strong winds ripped part of the fourth-floor roof off the intensive care unit, according to a doctor who works there.

Dr. Birgit Bodine spent the night at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, expecting the storm to take everything, “but we didn’t expect the roof to blow off on the fourth floor,” she said.

Water gushed from above the ICU on Wednesday, forcing staff to evacuate hospital patients — some of them on ventilators — to other floors. Staff resorted to towels and plastic bins to try to mop up the soaked mess.

The medium-sized hospital is spread over four floors, but patients were forced into only two due to damage.

Bodine planned to spend another night in the hospital when injuries from the incoming storm could make things worse.

“Ambulances may come soon and we don’t know where to put them in the hospital at this point,” she said. “Because we doubled and tripled.

Despite the deluge, Bodine said patients were mostly understanding and upbeat.

“For us, even if everything is terrible and we’re exhausted … as long as our patients are OK and nobody ends up dying or having a bad outcome, that’s what matters,” Bodine said.



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