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Hospitals hobbled by Katrina -- but still open

(New Orleans, Louisiana-AP) Aug. 30, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina is forcing hospital workers to go to great extremes to do their jobs.

National Guard troops are evacuating 300 patients from Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which is surrounded by water.

Nurses held flashlights and ventilated patients by hand. Doctors wearing green scrubs used canoes to ferry supplies between the city's four downtown hospitals.

There's no working plumbing or electricity at Charity, but patients keep coming.

As a boat pulled up carrying a man doubled over in pain, nursing supervisor Ray Campo said it's like running into a burning building looking for shelter.

Ambulance helicopters took babies to hospitals all around Louisiana and airlifted doctors into New Orleans.

Posted 9:48pm by Chantelle Janelle

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