Saturday, November 07, 2009
A Second Chance at Life - NYTimes.com
Five days a week, Michael Kiernan, 50, a computer network administrator, makes the 90-minute commute home from the Bronx County Courthouse, where he works, to suburban Long Beach on Long Island. Like a lot of New Yorkers, he has it down to a science. He leaves work at 4:45, walk-jogs across 161st Street, then hurries into the subway, where he gets into the first car on the D train. He stands by the door, riding two stops to 145th Street, then races up the stairs for the A train, a downtown express. Again he stands, in the first car, by the third door, which at 34th Street opens at the stairs to the Long Island Rail Road. If all goes well, he catches the 5:20 home.
On Friday, Oct. 16, he was in his usual spot when the doors opened at 125th Street. Two court officers he knows usually get on, but didn't, and he thought to himself that he must be the only one who'd made his connections just right. Then the doors closed, the train started, and he collapsed.
"Some lady started screaming and pointing to the floor," said Anthony Medaglia Sr., 48, the labor relations manager at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, who'd gotten on at 168th Street. He, too, always sits in the first car, to catch the L.I.R.R. to Seaford, but was a half-hour earlier than usual that day, to get home for his son Anthony Jr.'s basketball game. "I thought it was a homeless person. He appeared to be having a grand mal seizure. He was flailing and foaming from the mouth, fists clenched, body tight. I figured the seizure would pass, but in seconds he turned a deep, deep blue. A frightening blue. Someone shouts, 'Is there a doctor?' "
There was: Dr. Sonia Tolani, 32, a cardiology fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, fresh from work in green scrubs. She shouldn't have been there either. She was supposed to still be at the hospital, but a colleague let her go a half-hour early because she was to be on call all Saturday. She too, always sits in the first car, which opens closest to her exit at 14th Street.
She pulled the man to the center of the train. "No pulse," she said. "He was not breathing on his own. He was dead." Dr. Tolani — in her first of four years of training to become a cardiologist — has performed CPR more times than she can count, but always in a hospital, mostly on frail people near death and usually without luck. She knew the odds from the American Heart Association: emergency medical services treat 300,000 people a year who suffer cardiac arrest at home, work or other public places, and fewer than 8 percent survive.
Friday, November 06, 2009
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
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