Sep 12, 2008

Voices of Ike - Spending the Night

9:46 pm, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Houston cardiologist A. Tomas Garcia, MD
(Editor's note: I'm transcribing this just as the eye of the hurricane has crossed the coast line at Galveston.)

We've had all the transfers from bayshore (east side of houston, the hospital was flooding from the surge) to our hospital. the usual, respiratory insuff with chf, recent left leg amputation with severe diabetes, atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response, etc.,

We had our first meeting at 7 pm to plan the reminder of the night. We have over 600 people sleeping in the hospital to care for the 160 patient's in the hospital all of them a very sick. We anticipate a pretty bad day tomorrow depending on the amount of damage the city suffers. We have about 15 physicians including myself who are sleeping in the hospital. I'll stay on line for as long as possible.

My son, Carlos, just came in; he's been helping with security and with all the air mattress inflation for the dependents that are in the professional bldg. there are about 200 to 250 on there. the hospital fed everyone at 8 pm. We are to meet at 9 am to access the situation; we are predicting that the physicians here will have to care for the 160 patients that are currently here. As saturday goes it's predicted that the emergency room will get real busy.

Gotta go; I'm being paged.

Tom

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