The Wall Street Journal - Dr. Peter Taub: "East Harlem Blast Survivor Thanks Rescue Workers"

One of the few survivors pulled from the rubble of last month's East Harlem building collapse thanked some of the emergency responders who saved her life Friday.

New York, NY
 – April 11, 2014  –– 

Carmen Quinones, 67 years old, a resident of one of the Park Avenue buildings that was destroyed, hugged members of the Fire Department of New York's rescue unit that evacuated her from the scene during an event at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "If you weren't in that place at that — time, I wouldn't be here right now," an emotional Ms. Quinones, walking with aid of a stick, told the firefighters. "Thank you." Peter Taub, MD, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Dentistry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, paid tribute to Ms. Quinones, saying that despite the pain, she never complained and let medical staff do their work. "She said, 'I'm gonna do whatever I have to get outta here and get back to my life,' said Dr. Taub. "I think she has an indomitable spirit… she's a tough person. I don't think she's going to let a building fall[ing] on her do her in." Added Jason Shapiro, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Ms. Quinones appeared "reasonably well" and alert on arrival at the hospital given the circumstances. "It was incredible," he added, "that she had survived." Learn more