Normally when you plummet from a high-rise building to the pavement, you do not live to tell the tale.
by The New York Times
last year, though, one man survived such a fall: “Alcides Moreno plunged 47 stories that morning last month, clinging to his 3-foot-wide window washer’s platform as it shot down the dark glass face of an Upper East Side apartment building. His brother Edgar, who had been working with him, was killed when the platform landed. Yet somehow, Alcides Moreno survived.”
Of course, he went through a number of surgeries and faces perhaps years of physical therapy — but doctors say he will walk again. Also extraordinary: when firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident, Moreno was sitting upright, semi-conscious. His doctors even described the whole thing as miraculous. As the Times
reported: “’If you are a believer in miracles, this would be one,’ said Dr. Philip S. Barie, the chief of the division of critical care at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.”
Indeed. While in the hospital, Moreno reportedly kept telling his wife it wasn’t his time to go. (Building he fell from pictured at left.)
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