NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An unlikely double miracle is shaping up for two men dedicated to saving the lives of others across New York City.
Liam Glinane, a 63-year-old medical technician, had a stroke while driving an ambulance and crashed on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway on Oct. 17.
FDNY EMS Workers Liam Glinane, Lt. Raymond Wang Reunite Outside Mount Sinai Hospital
Once on the scene, 47-year-old Lt. Raymond Wang jumped out to help his unconscious colleague and suffered an aneurysm that doctors say is fatal for 20% of patients.
Fortunately, a physician was riding in Wang’s ambulance at the time and treated both EMTs until they were transported.
“I tell you, you couldn’t write this story any better,” said Glinane outside Mount Sinai Hospital. “This is a total success story thanks to the staff of the building behind me. They’ve literally made a total difference in my outcome – to the hospital, to how I came in here, to how I’m leaving on my own power with 100% functionality.
“The city didn’t lose two people, we’re back in the game, we’re not going anywhere,” he said.
“I’m very happy to be out of the hospital, and I’m very happy to walk out of the hospital with Liam today,” said Wang.
The chain of events was so bizarre, even the surgeons were stunned by the backstory.
“I had no clue what was really going on. I just know I showed up in the ICU and there were 50 firemen there,” said Dr. Stephen Waterford.
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