Auburn woman stuck in North Carolina, waiting for hurricane to pass
PORTLAND (WGME) -- An Auburn woman with a double lung transplant is stuck in North Carolina, waiting for Hurricane Florence to pass.
Amiee Driscoll has been going back and forth between Maine and North Carolina for medical procedures ever since the double transplant in 2014.
When she arrived in late August, dealing with a hurricane had not even crossed her mind.
"Coming here was very much an act of fate and coincidence," Driscoll said.
Fate and coincidence brought Aimee Driscoll from Auburn to Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, now bracing for Hurricane Florence.
"The plan was to some down and get some more testing done, get some more scope of my lungs and biopsies and see what's going on," Driscoll said.
Driscoll was born with cystic fibrosis.
The disease resulted in her getting a double lung transplant in 2014.
Since then, her routine checkups have been at the hospital in Durham.
Driscoll arrived for her stay on August 29, before the hurricane was a concern.
“I think it was kind of further out to sea and they weren’t sure where it was going to go cause that’s just the way hurricanes work,” Driscoll said. “They can turn at any point.”
Driscoll was supposed to be discharged over the weekend.
Now, she is staying a little longer than planned with airlines grounding flights in North Carolina.
"I tend to just have a positive outlook on everything and I know it'll be alright no matter what happens and the hospital has spoken to keep me for a couple extra days," Driscoll said.
She shared a few pictures of the sky over the hospital with WGME and her mother, Carole Waite.
"I also was concerned with the hurricane, even though they have generators, we need to make sure that they're going to be able to have enough power to continue her needs with the machines," Waite said.
Waite and her daughter joke that the hurricane is not a complete surprise.
"She always says when we're booking her flights that rain follows her every time she travels," Waite said.
Driscoll and her mom are hoping for sunny flight back home.
They agree she is probably in one of the safest places she could be in during a hurricane.
"That's probably my only source of comfort right now as a mom," Waite said.
Waite says she is hoping her daughter can get a flight late Monday or early Tuesday to Portland.