Patient deals with snow storm to receive liver transplant

March 2, 2010 3:37:33 PM PST
Last week's snow storm almost caused one person not to receive a liver transplant. Mak Steinbock has a new lease on life thanks to the coordinated efforts of police in New York City and Nassau County.

Early Friday, in the midst of a day-long winter storm the 59-year-old learned her year-and-a-half wait for a donor liver was over. Now, she just had to get from her Atlantic Beach home on Long Island to Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, immediately.

Steinbock contacted the Nassau county police who dispatched officer Rob Prince and his 4-wheel drive SUV to her home.

Along the way, Prince notified the NYPD where highways officers escorted him and his patient through Queens and into the Bronx. A trip that normally takes an hour took them 35-minutes, in a snow storm.

Steinbock had her surgery and is now recovering.


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