While Long Islanders sat in their homes and shelters as Hurricane Sandy battered the area, expectant parents Yolanda and Cecilio Almonte headed out into the storm to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
Yolanda went into labor a week early in the middle of the storm on October 29.
The Bay Shore couple left their two-year-old twins at home with relatives and made their way to the West Islip hospital, weaving through downed trees and power lines in almost total darkness.
“We were very nervous on the roads, but determined to get to the hospital and deliver a healthy baby,” said Cecilio.
He and his wife arrived safely at Good Samaritan, which, like most of Long Island, had lost power during the height of the storm and was now running on a generator.
Cecilio Almonte Jr., was safely delivered via emergency C-section at 2:15 a.m. on October 30. He weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces.