New York Daily News - Dr. Peter Taub: "East Harlem Building Explosion Survivor Reunited With Firefighters Who Saved Her from Rubble"
A survivor of the East Harlem building explosion had an emotional reunion Friday with the FDNY firefighters who pulled her from the smoky rubble.
Carmen Quinones hugged each of the firefighters from Rescue 1 at a press conference at The Mount Sinai hospital. Ms. Quinones thanked the firefighters and said her faith in God has helped sustain her. "I'm working," Quinones told the room. "I'm trying to get better. I had to work a lot for so many people, but most of all my Lord." Peter Taub, MD Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, Medical Education and Dentistry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and who performed surgery on Ms. Quinones, said she was alert and awake but in emotional shock when she was brought in. "We noticed she had quite a bit of bleeding at the back of the scalp... due to trauma. The fact that (the firefighters) got her in and got her out was life-saving," he said. Quinones had a fractured skull, a spine fracture and a broken right arm. Her "indomitable" spirit spurred her recovery, Taub said. Quinones couldn't walk 20 feet when she arrived at the hospital. Now she can walk for half an hour with no pain, the doctors said. Quinones will return to Mount Sinai for follow-up care and trauma therapy once a month. Learn more