Hospitals Prepared For All Emergencies During Papal Visit

CBS Philadelphia | Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — During the Papal visit hospitals in the no traffic zone had to overcome many difficult challenges, but they managed to pull off some impressive feats – including taking care of special deliveries and organ transplants.

Just hours after a lifesaving kidney transplant, Debbie Husmann is exhausted and grateful. After 5 years of waiting, she got the call Saturday to get to Philly fast but the city was shut down because of the Pope. “I was thinking we were going to have to pass up getting this kidney,” Debbie explains.

The New Jersey state police stepped in to escort the JeffSTAT ambulance from Berlin, New Jersey Jefferson University Hospital over the closed Ben Franklin Bridge. Chuck Husmann, Debbie’s husband says, “Riding over that closed bridge, it was neat, different.”

Guy Barber the director of JeffSTAT who helped get Debbie to the hospital says, “This is business as usual for us, we help people especially in times of need, times of medical need.” Continue reading