Coast Guard transports premature infant and father from Martha’s Vineyard to Boston

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, transported a 34-week premature infant to Tuft’s Medical Center, Friday.

Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center received a request for assistance at 11:45 p.m., Friday, from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oaks Bluff, Massachusetts. The hospital team was requesting transport of a premature baby who being delivered by emergency caesarean section and needed to be taken to Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston.

Crews from Air Station Cape Cod picked up an awaiting neonatal team and incubator at Boston Logan Airport and took them to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Upon arrival, one Coast Guard crewmember assisted the neonatal team in assessing and preparing the baby and father for further transport.

The air crew safely delivered the baby and father awaiting EMS at Logan Airport for further transport to Tuft’s Medical Center at 6:20 a.m.

“This was a unique case,” said Patrick Petrarca, the command duty officer at the 1st District Command Center. “Our people and our training helped us deliver baby Gabriella and her father, and that’s a great feeling. We wish them all the best.”

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