Nurses really are everyday heroes, aren’t they? If I think back to when I delivered both my girls, the thing that sticks out the most is how amazing the nursing staff was. They supported me through labor, and cared for me in recovery, and I couldn’t have done it without them. For parents with babies in the NICU, nurses are even more heroic. These are the people who dote on medically fragile babies every single day, loving on them when parents aren’t there. A viral video of NICU nurses in South Korea springing into action during an earthquake shows yet again how dedicated these nurses really are.
When an earthquake struck in Pohang, South Korea, the NICU nurses did what nurses do: they protected the babies and kept them safe.
In the video, you can see the NICU nurses milling about, tending to babies in bassinets around the room. There are people sitting in chairs in the center of the room, holding swaddled babies. It seems just like every other day in a NICU, until the shaking starts. The date on the video is November 15th, the same day South Korea was hit with a 5.4-magnitude earthquake.
Suddenly, the room begins to shake, and all the nurses spring into action. They grab bassinets to keep them from shifting, and the seated people protect the babies with their bodies.
The staff inside the NICU seemed to operate completely on instinct during the earthquake. Bassinets were pulled away from the walls and into the center of the room, and babies were protected and shielded by the nurse’s bodies. We can’t imagine how scared they were, an earthquake is a terrifying event, but in the face of danger, they just did their damn jobs without any hesitation.
Watch the video below to see the drama unfold, and these heroes in scrubs do what they do best.
Once the shaking stopped, the nurses began moving the babies to safety, placing them in special harnesses they all wore. If you want to see the full video, you can watch it here. It’s in Korean and it’s not subtitled, but you can absolutely understand the heroism these NICU nurses displayed. Go hug a nurse today, they deserve it!
(Image: YouTube / Chararat Balugs)