Woman says she is stuck in Lumberton shelter while baby is in hospital


LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Patrice Carmichael says she is stuck in a Lumberton shelter, separated by Hurricane Matthew from her prematurely born son, who is in a hospital in the Triangle.

Friday, as the hurricane was approaching, Carmichael was at home, pregnant and having seizures, she said. The doctors told her her kidneys were failing, she told CBS North Carolina.

According to Carmichael, even though her baby wasn’t due until Nov. 28, she went in for a C-section. But as the storm hit, the hospital had to be evacuated, she said.

She said that’s when she was separated from her son, Clarence Jr., as well as the rest of her family. She’s being held at a shelter now to receive medical attention and he’s at Duke University Hospital, she said.

“I need to be near my babies,” she said. “Do you know how that feels? It’s been a natural disaster and you haven’t seen your kids. I don’t know what’s going on with them. All I can do is hope that they’re OK. Then my little baby is gone, so it’s just real stressful.”

Carmichael is at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center, where a shelter has been set up. Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday evening that four of six shelters in the county have power.

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