Posted on January 2, 2011 · Posted in Brain Injury

The blizzard that crippled New York City last week is being blamed for leaving a 3-month-old baby brain dead, all because EMS crews had trouble getting through the snow to reach him, according to the New York Post.

Last Thursday night paramedics had a difficult time reaching Addison Reynoso in Queens because the streets hadn’t been plowed following a huge snow storm that hit the East Coast. A baby-sitter was taking care of Addison in Corona, Queens, when the infant lost consciousness, according to the Post. The sitter went to the home of a neighbor, who called 911 at about 1 p.m., but apparently could not get through. 

The boy’s parents arrived and the father, Luis Reynoso, tried to resuscitate the baby. In the meantime, Addison’s mother tried to call 911, and only reached a dispatcher at 1:12 p.m., The Post reported.

When the EMS crews finally got to the scene, Reynoso was still performing CPR on the baby. The family took Addison to the ambulance, which traveled two miles until it got stuck in the snow on an unplowed street. EMS workers “had to sprint” and carry the baby 30 yards to the emergency room of Elmhurst Hospital, according to the Post.

It’s doubtful that Addison’s family would have agreed with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he boasted that municipal crews did a bang-up job plowing the Big Apple’s streets.            

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447