49 Years Later, She Thanks Her Rescuer

In 1964, Eady Rothstein, age five, fell into a pool at a club near Lido Beach on Long Island, New York. In 2013, she remembered, “I can picture being underwater, screaming.” Larry Brickman, a 21-year-old medical student, was working as a lifeguard to pay for school. He rescued her and gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for several minutes. In 2013, he said, “If no one was there to do this, I’m afraid she would have succumbed.” In 2013, Ms. Rothstein said, “I’ve always said I wanted to thank him, and I should do it.” She had found an article about her rescue in a family scrapbook and decided to look up her rescuer. A search on Google gave her the contact information she needed. She said, “I got his phone number. I got his answering machine, and I left a message.” Dr. Brickman — he is an MD in Boca Raton, Florida — said, “My final words to her when I hung up that day, after I called her back, were, ‘You know, I guess we just got very lucky, you and I both.’” Ms. Rothstein said, “I owe [him] my life, and it’s a very nice feeling to finally be able to say, ‘Thank you.’”

For Additional Information: Gus Rosendale, “Rescued woman tracks down lifeguard who saved her in 1964.” NBC 4 New York. 11 April 2013


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