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NYU nurse singled out in State of the Union

February 12, 2013 8:13:42 PM PST
During his State of the Union Address, President Obama singled out a hospital nurse in New York who, during Superstorm Sandy, jumped into action and saved the lives of newborns.

It was some shout out from the President Tuesday night.

"We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez," President Obama said.

Menchu Sanchez sat right next to the First Lady at the State of the Union address and the spotlight was mighty bright, especially compared to where this story starts, it was, a dark and stormy night.

The first time two-month-old Andrew Blanco ever saw the outside of a hospital was in the depth of Superstorm Sandy.

The machines that had kept Andrew alive suddenly went silent, the lights went out and if Andrew and 19 other infants were to survive, the nurses and doctors at NYU Langone would have to get them down nine flights of stairs, to safety.

Andrew's mom was racing to the hospital.

A nation held its breath as the pictures aired live on Eyewitness News and across the country.

One critically ill infant at a time, those nurses and doctors made the journey, one step at a time, as they later reenacted it for ABC's "20/20".

The first baby brought down weighed two pounds.

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