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Hero Nurse Performs CPR on the Subway
2/21/2013
Hermana Moise administered CPR on Emilio Gonzalez on the 3 train during Friday's morning rush hour, but the Queens resident died from cardiac arrest
Could he have been saved if someone would have asked him if he was all right a few stops earlier?

The only thing worrying straphangers riding the 3 line from Manhattan to New Lots during Friday morning rush hour was Blizzard Nemo. But when the conductor announced the train was being held at the Fulton St. station, passengers grudgingly emerged from their ear-bud worlds. Then an MTA worker entered the car and poked a guy we all had thought was a sleeping homeless man or a junkie and asked, “Sir, are you all right?” There was no response. “Does anybody know CPR?” The MTA worker shouted into her walkie-talkie for EMS. I dashed out onto the platform. “Does anybody here know CPR?” “I do!” cried a voice among the crowd, and soon RN Hermana Moise came running. In moments, Moise, still wearing her nurse’s flower-print uniform from a 12 ½-hour night shift at St. Luke’s Hospital, knew exactly what to do. “He’s still warm!” she said, and we had hope. She pushed down on his chest, again and again. She felt for a pulse. Push, push, push, come on, sir! We’re with you now! Moise, 41, reached into her bag and got her stethoscope. She shook her head ruefully. Compress, compress again, listen. “OK! Everybody off!” shouted the MTA worker. “We’re gonna move this train to Wall Street!” There EMT medics would meet him. As the 3 train pulled away, I saw on Moise’s ID tag that she worked at the hospital.

Emilio Gonzalez was pronounced dead at New York Downtown Hospital at 10:29 a.m. of cardiac arrest, confirmed spokeswoman Chui Lai. He was 49 years old, making his way from Brooklyn to his home in Queens. His family cannot afford his funeral, she added. FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon said, “Medics intubated him and gave him medication. They did everything they could to save him.

“I’m not a hero,” said Moise, whose first name means “Sister.” “This is my everyday job. But I always ask people, when I see them lying down, ‘Are you OK?’” Moise said. “It could be your mother or father. Wouldn’t you want someone to help them? Don’t hesitate.”
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