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Press Release | May 3, 2024

Coast Guard medevacs 12-hour-old baby from flood-impacted Cleveland, Texas

Coast Guard PADET Texas - Office: (281) 464-4810 / After Hours: (832) 293-1293

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 12-hour old baby girl from flood-impacted Cleveland, Texas, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request at approximately 11:45 a.m. from Harris County Emergency Operations Center personnel stating a newborn baby was reportedly experiencing low oxygen levels at Texas Emergency Hospital, which does not have a neonatal intensive care unit.

Due to flooding in the area, emergency medical services personnel could not transport the baby via ambulance.

Watchstanders coordinated the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to respond. The aircrew arrived on scene, took aboard the baby, her mother, and a paramedic, and transported them to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. The baby was reported to be in stable condition.

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