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East Harlem building collapse: update from Mount Sinai

12 marzo 2014

In the afternoon, the fire has been controlled and the search has started. The number of injured underwent further increase.

Image from the net (photo credit to J Sailing, cnn.com)

Image from the net (photo credit: J Sailing, cnn.com)

Mount Sinai Hospital has received and is currently treating 22 patients (direct communication of our Chief Operating Officer). Of them, one has a serious brain injury, and two are children.

Mount Sinai St. Luke Hospital received 2 patients. Five patients were taken to Harlem Hospital, and one of them is a child in critical conditions.

According to the news, three more people are in serious condition. Since the number of missing persons is still uncertain, and considering the serious conditions of some injured, more fatalities appeared likely. The collapsed builing consisted in 15 apartments.

DIRECT COMMUNICATION FROM MOUNT SINAI:
We have established a hotline for patient families to call – 212-241-7707; calls are forwarded to a bilingual social worker in the Emergency Department.
Transportation interruptions are expected this evening and perhaps into tomorrow morning;  Metro North service has been suspended. Please refer to the MTA website (www.MTA.info) for information. Staff are expected to remain at work until relief is provided.

PMJ

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