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October 30th, 2012
10:40 PM ET

NYU Langone Medical Center Doctor on the Monday night evacuation: "Every staff is trained to be able to bag a baby"

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, on Tuesday evening Pier Morgan invited Dr. Bret Rudy of NYU Langone Medical Center to share his dramatic story of an emergency evacuation less than 24 hours prior.

As the medical facility lost power and the generators failed, Rudy and the rest of the hospital's staff were forced to transport 64 patients to Mt. Sinai in the middle of the night.

"It's who they were helping that really I guess catches the eye," explained Morgan. "Four newborns, on respirators, carried down nine flights of stairs as nurses manually squeezed the bags to get air to these babies."

Using the "Piers Morgan Tonight" platform, Rudy detailed the current conditions of the babies:

"I think by great teamwork, and by really focusing on patient safety, all the children were transported safely and made it to the receiving hospitals without any incident, which is what we were intending to do."

Despite this being a situation unlike any the hospital had ever encountered, the doctor told Morgan his team was ready:

"We're always prepared for any emergency with any baby so every staff is trained to be able to bag a baby in order to keep them well-aerated and oxygenated and that's why – through the use of our very highly-trained nurses, physicians, and assistants – we were able to get all these babies to the receiving hospitals very, very safely."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Rudy opens up about the state of all the patients one night since Monday's heroic evacuation.
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  1. NOBAMA2012

    Romney must link Obama's premature reaction to a looming Hurricane Sandy with a press conference on Sunday, a full day before the storm made landfall, with that surrounding the attacks in Benghazi. He needs to ask why the response this time was so quick. He must be the one to ask that question! He needs to make the point that Obama looks like a guy with a poor grasp of two different situations.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MJH

      There you go again Griff.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mikey55

      NOBAMA you are a big jerk. I'm a proud Democrat and yes I'm voting fr President Obama. He is for the American People and is doing a great job during these tough times

      October 31, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      Premature reaction to Sandy??! What are you smoking. Every single model clearly showed a devastating storm. Obama would have been totally irresponsible to not react.
      I honestly don't care about Libya conspiracy theories. The fog of war is one thing, a clearly storm path is quite another.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Steve swanson

    Get over the generators you twit. There are bigger issues than resposibility and fault in the middle of a serious emergency like this. Stop trying to dig up stories of blam when there are twice as many stories of success and heroism.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amy Chadwick

      I couldn't agree more! Horrible job on his part! He obviously has no idea of what people had to face just to keep people safe.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      I agree. What a jerk Mr. Morgan is being. The generators probably failed because there were under two feet of water. The were invited for the interview to tell an amazing story. CNN should be ASHAMED!!!

      October 31, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Viv Hughes

      Morgan needs to apologize to the staff at NYU Langone Medical Center a HUGE on air apology and a FULL PAGE AD IN NY TIMES! . What a low life Morgan is... dismissing the heroic and SUCCESSFUL efforts of these incredible professionals WHO SAVED LIVES in the midst of a horrific natural disaster. All just to stir up some sort of "scandal" for his failing TV ratings. For Gods Sake Piers, this was the most massive and powerful storm the East Coast has ever seen. Yet Morgan has the gall to rudely question these incredible people who worked tirelessly all night long frantically trying getting their patients, many critical, to safety... Implying, without a shred of evidence, that the hospital should have know the generators would fail.
      Piers Morgan needs to go. He's arrogant and obnoxious. Bring back Larry!

      October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pat

        Piers Morgan is a twit. To attack a hospital that valiantly struggles to cope with the challenges of a storm ...the likes of which hasn't occurred in the past century (if not 200 yrs) a shameless and distasteful promotional stunt. He went down several notches in my book today!

        October 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mamasan

        What has not come out is the lack of preparation to preserve ongoing research projects and for the protection of the rodent population used in experiments by researchers at NYU med center. Some of the rodent population was housed in the basement of Langone and all were drowned in the flooding that took place there. Researchers raise rodents with identical DNA so that experiments can be controlled. Because results from tests on these mice are used in long term research projects on diseases such as leukemia, a total loss of a specific population can be devastating. It is apparent that no one gave a thought to such preparation, but instead ignored the probablity of such an incident, even though there was a strong likelihood of flooding in that basement. It seems obvious that animal populations should be stored on higher floors of buildings, even those on hills, as basements can flood from broken valves and pipes in addition to flooding from outside the building. All the administrators had to do was to ask students to move their animals to another location when the possibility of flooding from the impending storm seemed likely. Let's hope some changes are made regarding future locations of research animals in Langone.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Majav

        Piers is swarmy.

        Quoted from the Guardian (UK)

        In October 2006, Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail about the
        marriage difficulties of Sir Paul McCartney and his then wife, Heather Mills:

        "At one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone.

        It was heartbreaking… Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang 'We Can Work It Out' into the answerphone."

        Mills told the Leveson inquiry that she had never authorised Morgan, or anyone else, to access or listen to her voicemail.

        And she also said she had been told by a former Trinity Mirror employee in 2001 that he had listened to voicemail messages left by her former husband.

        Morgan was questioned about the McCartney-Mills incident when he gave evidence to Leveson. He refused to say who played him the voicemail message.

        He said: "I can't discuss where I was played that tape or who played it, because to do so would be to compromise a source, and I can't do that."

        November 1, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      I so agree with what you said. I watched the coverage last night, and was disgusted with Pers. Now is a time to praise and be thankful for the success and heroes. There will be plenty of time to rehash the problems and find out why? I was totally turned off by the man.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kathy Adams

    This coverage is pathetic. If you show that stupid crane or the hotel facade in Chelsea one more time I am going to scream! Why don't you deliver some real information that people can use! My daughter is in the middle of this storm and I would appreciate some INFORMATION! Morgan is trying his best to create controversy - NO THANKS - we want real information not this National Enquirer crap.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Johanna Oppers

    I agree with Steve Swanson – Piers – you really showed yourself as a twit tonight – only looking to blame or to sensationalize the story – the real story was of the heroric efforts of the staff !!! And you wouldn't let it go !!! Just like a teenager having to get in the last word- what exactly would you have done different? – oh yes, you are so perfect that you would have checked them and every other piece of equipment every 5 minutes – What you need to remember is that we are all human and machinery can and does fail.
    Start being a bit more human with some more heart or you will lose many of us – we won't want to listen to the likes of you!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pugs

      Please remember Pierce is more like Trump.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chad smith

      would like to comment about the Generators .. I'm a Hospital Enginner and can say when the water comes into contact with the emergency power the emergency supply will fault out.. if it didn't it would short out and throw sparks and than the hospital would have burned down.. the fact is the staff responded to each emergency and no one was hurt.. My hat is off to the Staff you truely are hereos in my eyes ..God Bless the United States of America 🙂

      October 31, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mizz. Sparkz prezents....

    Reblogged this on Wandascouch's Blog and commented:
    what a blessing to be a nurse...

    October 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*carol marden

      I already sent a letter of complaint to CNN about Morgan's badgering of a man trying to do the best he can in an unforeseen disaster. This man deserves a public apology from Morgan and CNN.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dave Burgess

    I suspect that the generators failed for the same reason that most hospital generators fail in a flood – the basement filled with water and swamped them. For years hospital generators, which are typically the same diesels that power locomotives, were put either at, or below, grade. This was because of the cost of the structure necessary to support, what, for a large facility, can be a battery of these huge engines. Putting them on a concrete pad, on the ground was far more cost effective than putting them up, out of a floods way. Modern practice has changed, and today, machinery rooms, are recognized as vulnerable if they are below grade or below any reasonably expected flood level. Having said that, generators can fail for many reasons. I have seen them fail, when safety mechanisms shut them down, after an irregular power fail which featured a rapid on/off/on/off sequence; and when automatic louvres used to facilitate air movement through a radiator were jammed closed by an actuator failure, causing overheating and automatic shut off; and lastly by simple outright failure of the transfer switch which. I have never seen a facility where generators were not tested under load at least monthly, and great care taken to be sure that the system would work as advertised.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Stan Elstaw

    This may seem like a trivial quibble to some, but Piers: Why not remark on how those babies' PARENTS "must be very grateful"? Not only "the mothers". In this day and age, this should be a no-brainer. Jeepers.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Spokeswoman

    Piers – you are a jerk! Don't you know when water gets into generators they probably don't work. They were in a MAJOR storm!!! How dare you sit behind that camera and harass those professionals who rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Signing off. Can't stand to watch or listen.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. j morgan

    generators, wires, 4 days fuel all must be above flood stage, or forget it.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Aprila

    Piers Morgan is the worse host. I can not believe that he keeps harping on why the NYU generators failed. Even the best preparations can be overrode by mother nature. He is clearly not up to CNN's standards and should be pulled from the air during the storm coverage reporting.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Trevor Dane

    Just want to reiterate how disrespectful this interview was. I want Larry King back.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Majav

      I am so baffled that CNN could not hire an unemployed meteorologist from Topeka instead of Piers. Why is CNN giving jobs away to rich Brits who are best friends with arch-rival Fox's owner Murdoch? I'd rather have Joe the Plumber or even Sara Palin sitting in Larry's old chair. How about Dr Ruth? Pee Wee Herman? Anybody! I'd rather watch the Indian Head Test Pattern then watch another second of Piers' thin lips pinch arrogance ever again.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bill Pace

    Pierce Morgan, sorry to say but that was irresponsible reporting on going after The NY hospital with the generator failure. Are you going to ask the power company's why the power is off in 1.6 million homes too? You sound stupid and unethical to try and place a blame to something or someone with a disaster like this....

    October 31, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. cindy smith

    This for Mr. Pierse Morgan AND CNN: for all your bravado regarding the candidates NOT politicizing Hurricane Sandy, you and virtually every other CNN "reporter," and "broadcaster," have ENSURED that this will be the case. What a windfall – to have a major disaster just days before an election, where you can repeatedly show Mr. Obama doing his required duties (he's nothing more than a figure head – the real workers and doers are on the ground, actually doing). Quite frankly, the people would rather hear from Mayors, Govenors, citizens, and first responders, rather than Mr. Obama quite obviously basking in the limelight. So what, that Govenor Christie praised Mr. Obama for helping out – you don't bite the hand that feeds you... although CNN, you are also emphasizing by doing this that REPUBLICANS can take the high road in giving credit where it is due (unlike the DEMOCRATS who constantly try to dig dirt up, or make it up if they can't find any- note to democrats: try complimenting your opponents more rather than attacking them – makes you more "likeable"), and as was also pointed out on Erin Burnett's show, Govenor Christie, is also saying and doing the right things to get himself re-elected in future, as well as secure much needed resources right now. OF COURSE, he would be favorable to Obama for helping – WHO WOULDN'T? It would be reckless not to...For heaven's sake – the public can tell the difference between a photo op and real news. Move on from this CNN – Don't think that the VOTING public don't also notice, when you triple Obama's air time over Govenor Romney's, when you fill the screen with Obama's image, and make sure to minimize or split screen Romney's , when you quote Romney out of context, or fail to fully report ROMNEY's messages (especially when they are well thought out and delivered) , and SUGGEST to the American public, that a devastating HURRICANE like SANDY, will favour Obama in the election. Like Americans need newscasts to help them decide... NOT! Stick to reporting the FACTS, CNN, and if humanly possible, out of respect for the hurricane victims, STOP turning this disaster into a pro-democratic story and gloating contest for (democratic) strategists, news stations and their followers. CNN used to be much less biased, and much more accomplished at reporting WORLD and NATIONAL events. Yet during presidential election campaigns, on go the blinders and out come the viscious partisan pit bull broadcasters who as a group and individually seem to relish destroying one candidate over another, and who have become the sad and embarassing CNN trademark. Handling a national disaster (which both Obama and Romney are quite capable of doing), makes neither candidate a greater man than the other. Give Romney credit (and by the way, if you must air these two candidates, give Romney equal attention), for raising funds to help the victims. Then quit focusing on EITHER Obama or Romney during hurricane reporting, and show the general public the facts, the visuals, and contact numbers where donations for the disaster (not the campaigns), can be made, or information contacts for the victims to get help and re-connect with their families/friends. Voters are smart enough to separate disaster response from political grandstanding. And voters will also take to the polls based on ALL ISSUES OF CONCERN, not just the hurricane. Keep the politics separate from the disaster coverage, period. And whomever wins the elections, let there be no complaining from the people who voted them in – they will deserve what they get from that president, for four whole more years. To the hurricane victims – most sincere wishes are sent to you all that may you be met with great care, compassion, and strength as you recover and rebuild.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • L Sievila

      Agree completely!! good job!

      October 31, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wake up

      Cindy, why don't you get it? President Obama did a great job his years in office. He responded the way he always does instead of going fishing like Bush did a day after Katharine. Next you Republicans will say "Sandy " was staged by the Democrats to make President Obama look good. The President cares for 100 percent of his people, unlike the 47 percent Romney that don't count.
      I am voting for President Obama.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. L Sievila

    I have watched you a couple of times in the last few days and will not ever watch CNN again while you are on. Do you have any idea how Emergency Generators or for that matter how any generators work? It is disgusting to see you try to sensationalize an equipment failure and place blame on somebody or something. While I don't have any specifics on this particular installation I would bet that you don't either. Also I would bet that the engineering that went into this particular installation used a 100 year flood event in their calculations which would be pretty much standard, this event was probably a 500 year event. Instead of trying to make people look bad, let's try to learn from this so it doesn't happen again. The staff did a great job getting everybody into other facilities without any problems. Maybe you should go back to England or wherever and report on "High Tea" and you can critique how people hold their pinky finger. In the mean time I have a special finger for you.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Edie Swain

    Mr. Morgan,
    Shame on you for the ignorance you displayed in the interview with the NYU medical staff. You obviously have no idea of regulations that healthcare organizations,as a whole, are required to comply with. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that anything electrical buried under water will FAIL!!!! Thank goodness it's not people like you in charge of our hospitals. Next time, why don't you try to focus your energy on the good things that has happened despite the disaster and on how people have really come together and saved the lives of many. Just when I thought you were tolerable, you really are not!!! Try being a little more humane and compassionate.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Eileen

    Shame on Piers Morgan for trying to humiliate the NYU medical staff. Getting all of the patients out of that hospital under such dire conditions was a miracle and they should only be praised for their efforts.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. JFS

    As a physician I applaud the medical staff for successfully evacuating all patients during a crisis with no loss of life. They certainly did not deserve Mr. Morgan's boorish behavior. However, the NYU administration may not be so deserving of our congratulations. Limited information suggests that while the main generator was in the basement, at least one backup unit, which also failed, was on the roof. Additionally, it was well known to the board that they had infrastructure issues and were in the process of a $3b upgrade.

    Certainly, no one deserves complete blame for the unexpected outcome of what was a 100+ year event. After all, Con Ed lost scores of transformers, Coney Island Hosp also lost generators and evacuated, and the subways are flooded well beyond expectations. But perhaps NYU should have chosen, with the knowledge their generators "were not state of the art" (per board member Gary Cohn), to evacuate in advance from their Zone A location as they did with Hurricane Irene.

    Regardless, I agree with other posters that Mr. Morgan went beyond the line.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AMS

      For anyone who thinks Piers Morgan is a journalist think again. His only claim is his style which is to slam people for the ratings.He offers no substance whatsoever, talks on top of people and I would bet if you counted manages more air minutes than he allows anyone he "interviews."
      It is unconscionable that while peope are still in desperate need of help, without power, food and water, he chose to attack NYU about its generators.
      That was for effect and only for effect. And he certainly got it - clearly his ideology is any publicity is good publicity - of course - it is all about him.
      He is no different than his countryman who made a fortune using the F word ...

      November 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. JFS

    Edit: NYU officials are now saying they were told to not evacuate by the city, which IIRC was the instigating force behind the Irene evac. Mayor Bloomberg is apparently upset with NYU saying he was told they had adequate backup power, so there is no shortage of finger pointing.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. John

    You Twit Morgan. Before you and others pass judgement and try to villify. – This is an excellent facility with an excellent engineering/facilities department. Each generator is tested weekly and there are generators for each major building of the campus. It is my guess, that the CON-ED power disruption lead to a systems or fuel delivery system disruption. The generators – yes multiple here- serving the hospital wing are mounted on the roof top which is a very expensive engineering design. However – no matter where you are – the fuel delivery system including tank is typically located at ground or sub level. You can not run a generator powered by diesel fuel without the fuel. I have no doubt that every precaution was taken and test was performed in accordance with the proper procedures in place. Bear in mind that this facility is undergoing a huge renovation/expansion, and with any multi-billion dollar construction project there are always temporary changes to the established system and are planned accordingly. However, you can not simply reverse a decision or project that has been on-going in response to an immediate threat.

    As far as the national political scene – Obama doing a good job??? What is his job in a national emergency, pump operator, emergency coordinator, emergency response worker?? He has no role in this but to be a figure head and ok federal fund authorizations – you Democrat twits. I'll give you this – he responded to this emergency faster than he did the Benghazi disaster, but that is not saying much.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. David

    Your comments to the two doctors that was made regarding the loss of the back up generators was wrong and irresponsible. NYC has had its worst disaster ever and all you could focus on during the interview is why the generators failed. As a reporter (especially during a crises) the public needs to here positive and reassuring comments . You should be ashamed.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Cheryl Stanford

    Piers Morgan, you should be ashamed of yourself for attacking two doctors about generators. They saved those babies lives.....period....doesn't matter what happened to the generators, they did what they had to, and could care less about why they had to. Go back to Europe, and let those people deal with you. I have always believed that Americans should be the ones reporting American news, and you just proved my point!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. VIv Hughes

    Kenneth Langone, the billionaire chairman of New York University Hospital, said he was recovering from pneumonia at NYU Langone Medical Center and he himself had to be evacuated after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power.

    “The backup generators failed, it’s that simple, but the story here is the magnificence of the effort of all of our people and what they did,” Langone, 77, said yesterday. We believed the machines would work, and we believed everything we were told about the scope and size of the storm,” Langone said. “Do you think they’d have kept me in there if they thought I was going to be unsafe?”


    October 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Johnson

    Piers Morgan!
    I have no words! I cannot believe how disrespectful you were to Mr Aviles. He is not even involved in NYU Langone he is an executive at HHC a separate facility.
    You need to know facts before you spew you ignorance. I guess you did not have an opportunity to tap his phone and listen in on the conference calls.
    The problem is with out utility provider Con Edison who could not tell Bellvue when they could go back on regular power. The generators were already on the 13th floor. The fuels tanks are on the ground floor and the submarine locks failed.
    Same way your BP oil companies safety locks failed. Hospitals in zone A were already being evacuated. There were limited beds already in the City. Preemptive evacuation has risks.
    The problem is the monopoly of Con Edison in NYC and Westchester. They have no incentive to improve service with their profits.
    Discuss that !!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Simon

    So evident that Piers has remained a sleazy journalist at the core. Trying to rake up a story and showing his ignorance. This does not put CNN in a good light. CNN's reputation will greatly suffer if there is much more rubbish like this

    October 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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