Can you believe it's been an entire year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast? The storm devastated parts of New York and New Jersey, but one good thing to come out of it? Babies, and tons of them.
Who can forget the 22 newborns who were evacuated from NYU's Langone Medical Center on the night Sandy hit? These sweet kiddos were carried down numerous flights of stairs to safety while brave nurses hand-pumped oxygen into their lungs. Meanwhile, three women gave birth in the dark — one of whom delivered her baby using a glow stick as a light source!
We can't imagine how nerve-wracking this evacuation was, but the babies made it out safely, and now they're turning 1! NBC News visited the families of seven Sandy Babies to check in on how their kiddos are doing (answer: amazingly!) and hear about their dramatic entrance into the world.
All of the children are thriving, including Emma, a 3-week-old preemie who weighed less than two pounds when she was born; Stone, Micah, and Freda, who were delivered on the night Sandy struck; Alice, who was born at Langone because her parents refused to evacuate; William, who made it through the evacuation despite his serious heart disease; and Maria, who arrived right before the hurricane!
Can you believe these little kids are already celebrating their first birthdays? They've been through so much already!