REMEMBERING MAYOR THOMAS MENINO: Complete Coverage

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Newborn Gets Emergency Ride To Hospital In Blizzard

By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TV
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Michael Nickowal (credit: CBS)

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BOSTON (CBS) — One Tuesday, new mom Lisa Nickowal was able to hold her baby for the first time since a scare on Sunday.

“Look at you good boy! I’m so happy I’m finally here and I get to see him,” she said.

Michael is just nine days old, but already he has his parents worried sick. Born a week early, he was jaundice and then a dangerous infection hit over the weekend.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“And on Christmas he started not to look like himself,” said Nickowal.

Pam Hallahan is a nurse at Children’s Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center and she got the call Sunday night that Michael needed a pick up.

Problem was, he was at Falmouth Hospital on Cape Cod and the storm was coming.

“I didn’t give it a second thought. Someone needed help and I went,” said Hallahan.

Ambulance driver Colin Ryle was behind the wheel.

“Visibility was 15 to 20 feet; the wind was whipping the ambulance side to side,” he said.

And the more they drove, the worse it got.

“I was a little nervous. I’m not gonna lie,” said Ryle.

After several hours on the road they got to Michael. And then thanks to the State Police and a personal snow plow escort, the crew and baby finally made it back to Boston.

“That’s amazing all those people pulled together to do that for my little guy,” said mom.

A heroic rescue that has finally put this mother at peace.

“Finally I can relax, I’m here with him and it’s all gonna be good.”

They hope to bring Michael home soon.

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