At least two hospitals in Austin, Texas were left without water and heat on Tuesday night — forcing patients and staff to transport human waste in trash bags and refrain from showering or even washing their hands.
The dire situation, happening amid a historic winter storm that has caused widespread power outages in the state, forced evacuations at both St. David’s South Austin Medical Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center, according to local reports.
Ambulances were seen Tuesday night lining up outside St. David to transport vulnerable patients after the facility experienced a complete loss of water pressure and heat.
Administrators admitted in a statement to the Austin American Statesman that a “number” of other hospitals in the area were experiencing similar issues.
“Because this is a state-wide emergency situation that is also impacting other hospitals within the Austin area, no one hospital currently has the capacity to accept transport of a large number of patients,” the statement said.