Police, the National Guard and a snow plow joined forces earlier this week to help a toddler travel with his family nearly 90 miles to have a life-saving heart procedure.
Despite a massive Pennsylvania snowstorm, the unnamed 23-month-old child — who has a dangerous congenital heart defect — ended up making it in time for the emergency procedure on Tuesday, and is now in stable condition, The Daily Mail reported.
And that’s all because Pennsylvania state troopers, officials with the Department of Transportation, the National Guard and local emergency workers teamed up to brave the massive snowfall to pave the way for the little boy to reach Geisinger Children’s Hospital.
The snow doesn't stop us! PSP Troopers teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT),…
“The snow doesn’t stop us!” read a post on the Pennsylvania State Police Facebook page. “(We teamed up to) escort a 23-month-old child from Lehigh Valley Health Network in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville for an emergency medical procedure. The team effort ensured everyone arrived safely.”
The toddler’s mother, who did not want the family named, told WCAU-TV that her son — who was in critical condition — would have died had the agencies not come together to ensure his safe arrival at the hospital.
“Pocono Medical Center is not equipped to care for critical pediatric patients. But they did an awesome job in caring for my son and following the specialist’s requests to care for him until they could get him to Geisinger,” she said. “Especially in my son’s case, and with his extensive medical history. This hospital made sure to do everything they could to make sure our son got to his specialist to make sure to get him his best care.”
The boy is currently in stable condition, WCAU-TV reported.
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