New Mother Evacuated During Hospital Fire Reunited with Premature Baby

New Mother Evacuated During Hospital Fire Reunited with Premature Baby

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa mother Kimberly Scroggins gave birth prematurely at Medical Center Hospital in October, days before an electrical fire forced the Center for Women & Infants to evacuate.

The three-story facility sustained significant damage following the accidental fire on October 15, hospital officials said.

No resulting injuries were reported.

Scroggins, and other patients evacuated during the blaze, have now been welcomed back ahead of the building's official reopening on Monday, November 23.

Her son, Kasper, was born on October 8 weighing 1 lb. 10 oz.

"It's hard to leave your baby, especially when they're as small as he was," she said of being separated from her newborn during the evacuation process. "It was very scary... trying to figure out where he was and what was going on."

Five weeks later, Scroggins and her baby are now reunited and recovering comfortably in a renovated hospital room at the Center for Women & Infants.

"It's really nice... to be back here with my doctors," she told NewsWest 9. "I'm now able to stay with [Kasper] 24/7. I like that [part of being back in this wing] the best."

Crews worked "around the clock" for five weeks to repair and disinfect the damaged portions of the building, according to Bill Webster, President and CEO of MCH.

"We've had great help from outside contractors to get the building back in tip-top shape," he said. "We're ready to go."

Scroggins said she and Kasper look forward to Monday's reopening ceremony.

The infant now weighs 3 lb. 3 oz., the proud mother told NewsWest 9, and is "gaining weight by the day."