UNION SQUARE (PIX11) - A new subway hero emerged Wednesday when a food service employee at New York University saved an unconscious, bleeding teenager after she tumbled to the tracks during rush hour.
Aramark employee Joshua Garcia told DNAinfo he was chatting with coworkers when he saw Stephanie Xue begin to sway back and forth near the edge of the platform.
Then, she fell. The 16-year-old smacked her head so loud “it sounded like a gunshot,” the site reported.
When no one on the crowded platform moved to help, Garcia jumped into action. He hopped down to the tracks and found Xue lying unconscious with a deep gash on the side of her head that was “terrifying to look at.”
When he hoisted her limp frame above his head, boosting her to the safety of the platform, he was shocked by what he saw. “Scores” of faces staring back at him as straphangers took photos and videos with their cell phones.
“It was amazing seeing all these people doing nothing,” he told the site. “It was an eye-opener.”
A nursing student who happened to be on the platform helped administer first aid, and Xue was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she received 50 stitches.
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