Coast Guard crews help Mass. premature infant

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews have transported a premature infant from Martha's Vineyard to Boston for specialized care.

The Coast Guard said on Saturday that Martha's Vineyard Hospital requested help to transport baby Gabriella and her mother from Oaks Bluff to Tufts Medical Center in Boston shortly before midnight Friday.

Coast Guard crews from Cape Cod picked up a neonatal team and incubator at Boston Logan Airport and took them to Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

One Coast Guard crewmember assisted the neonatal team in assessing and preparing the baby and mother for the trip to Boston. They arrived at Tuft's at 1:16 a.m.

Patrick Petrarca, the command duty officer at the Coast Guard 1st District Command Center, describes the operation as unique and says it feels great that their training helped the infant and her mother.

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