Its unsurprising, considering the many still-unplowed streets, but still very sad to learn that EMS response times are still being hindered by the snow. For example: yesterday a three-month-old baby was left brain dead when rescuers were unable to arrive as promptly as normal, and then had to carry the child in by hand when their ambulance got stuck 30 yards from a hospital.
The story is simple and sad: Addison Reynoso was being watched by a babysitter when he suddenly lost consciousness. The babysitter got a neighbor to call 911 around 1 p.m.. Soon after the baby's parents arrived and began to perform CPR. The mother reached another 911 dispatcher at 1:12 p.m. and EMS arrived about 1:24 p.m. The family brought the baby down the ambulance which then started the two-mile trip to Elmhurst Hospital. But before they got their the ambulance got stuck and the baby had to be carried the rest of the way. He arrived at the hospital at 1:42 p.m. "The main street outside of the emergency room wasn't cleaned yet," the boy's father told the Post. "We had to get out of the ambulance and run."
Later an FDNY source told the paper that "the weather hampered our efforts. The snow did impact this." The baby, who was apparently suffering from a respiratory infection, is currently on life support as his family decides how to proceed.