Filipina Nurse Honored by President Obama
Nurse Menchu was among those civilians who was lauded by President Barack Obama for their heroic acts.
Sanchez is nurse who works at the New York University’s Langone Medical Center. She is being hailed as one of the heroes of the Hurricane Sandy disaster that devastated large parts of New York and New Jersey last year.
She devised a plan to transport 20 at-risk infants at the Langone Medical Center to intensive care units around the city. She also organized the nurses and doctors to carefully carry the babies down eight flights of stairs with only cell phones to light the way.
Eventhough Menchu’s own home was flooding, she thought only of protecting the babies in her care, the White House said.
Menchu was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines but eventually immigrated to the United States in the 1980s.
She has worked as a nurse in New York for more than 25 years, and has been at NYU since 2010.
Menchu currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children, both of whom are in college.
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