Local Hero Saves Stranger's Life

$10,634 of $10k goal

Raised by 231 people in 1 month
Margarita Manwelyan  FLUSHING, NY
How selfless can you be?  My brother-in-law Felipe saw a stranger tumbling onto the subway tracks and after running to tell the MTA clerk he jumped down on the track and pulled the guy to safety. 

NY Daily News article about the incident:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/train-hits-good-samaritan-straphanger-queens-tracks-article-1.2997404

Unfortunately the incoming train was not able to stop quick enough and the two were hit and dragged over forty feet. Felipe's shin was shattered by the impact and we were worried he might lose his leg. He was taken to a local hosiptal where the medical staff managed to save his leg. The man who fell into track is also expected to survive thanks to Felipe's courage and quickness.

His second day in the hospital Felipe had surgery on his leg to insert a metal rod and three screws. He's in a lot of pain, but in positive spirits and his main concern is missing work at the Midtown restaurant where he is a vital team member.

His job is physical and he does not have insurance. His father, brothers and the rest of the family want him to rest and stay off his leg until it heals properly.  We realize that in the next few months he will need extra support which is why we are reaching out to family and friends.  Please contribute whatever you can spare, whether it's $5 or $50 we are grateful!  Please leave a note of encouragment for Felipe.

We love you, tío Felipe!  We miss you. Feel better soon!



Un bello acto heróico desinteresado!! Cuando mi cuñado Felipe vió a un desconocido caer en los rieles del trén, corrió para reportarlo al empleado de la MTA, regresó y saltó a la pista para tratar de rescatarlo logrando que saliera con vida.

Articulo publicado sobre el incidente en NY Daily News: Http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/train-hits-good-samaritan-straphanger-queens-tracks-article-1.2997404

Desafortunadamente el tren entrante no pudo detenerse lo suficientemente rápido y los dos fueron golpeados y arrastrados por más de cuarenta pies. La espinilla de Felipe fué destrozada por el impacto y estábamos preocupados de que pudiera perder su pierna. Fue llevado al hospital donde el personal médico logró salvar su pierna. El hombre que cayó en los rieles también se espera que sobreviva gracias al coraje y la pronta reacción de Felipe.

Su segundo día en el hospital Felipe tuvo una cirugía en su pierna para insertar una varilla de metal y tres tornillos.Aunque sufre de intenso dolor, cuenta con un espíritu positivos. Ahora su principal preocupación es faltar a su trabajo en el restaurante en Midtown, donde es un miembro vital del equipo de trabajo. Su trabajo es físico y no tiene seguro. Su padre, sus hermanos y el resto de la familia quieren que descanse y tome el tiempo necesario hasta que su piena sane. Nos damos cuenta de que en los próximos meses necesitará apoyo adicional, por lo que estamos tocando las puertas de familiares y amigos para que por favor contribuyan con lo que puedan. Sea una ayuda de $ 5 o $ 50, estamos totalmente agradecidos! Por favor deje una nota de aliento para Felipe.

Te queremos, tío Felipe! Te extrañamos. ¡Que te mejores pronto!
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Update 3
Posted by Margarita Manwelyan
27 days ago
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Congratulations to everyone! We made it our fundraising goal (woo-hoo!) and I'm also very happy to report that Felipe was discharged from the hospital.
His leg is healing well. He is not able to put any weight on it yet but soon he's going to have the fun project of learning to walk again.
I'll withdraw the funds from GoFundMe and then present Felipe with a check so he can pay his rent and take care of any other expenses.

Our hearts are filled with so much love and gratitude for all your support, the donations, and all the wonderful comments.

Muchas gracias por toda su ayuda. Thank you for all your help!
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Update 2
Posted by Margarita Manwelyan
1 month ago
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Felipe's niece and nephew wanted to record a special message to cheer him up while he's at the hospital recovering.

When we showed him the video he was really touched. He loved it!

The update is: Felipe is doing great. The doctors performed another surgery on his leg (including a large skin graft) and it went well. Now they are getting ready to start physical therapy so Felipe can learn to use his "new" leg as it continues to heal.

Felipe would like to send huge thanks and appreciation to everyone who has contributed. He said that just knowing that this support is here has helped him tremendously in staying positive even as he faces a long and painful recovery.

We are so close to our fundraising goal! Please share this campaign within your networks.

Muchas gracias. Thank you so much!
Special message for Uncle Felipe!
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Update 1
Posted by Margarita Manwelyan
1 month ago
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Felipe had a very special visitor at the hospital today, his niece Susana. He was so happy to spend time with the little cutie (and her parents). Today he got a procedure done on his leg and tomorrow there's another one scheduled.

To help lift his spirits we read aloud the messages of support from the crowdfunding page. Felipe was so touched and grateful to all you generous people. He said he's relieved that he won't need to worry about paying rent or having to move out of his apartment once he leaves the hospital.

Thank you so much for all your contributions and words of encouragement. Please share our campaign on Facebook and help to spread the word!
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Steve Bednar
1 month ago

Your act of braveness Felipe...an awesome human quality that so few have. Praying for your speedy and total healing. God Bless

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$10,634 of $10k goal

Raised by 231 people in 1 month
Created March 18, 2017
Margarita Manwelyan  
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$40
christopher galiardo
13 days ago

i applaud you for your bravery, may you enjoy a good recovery!

$25
Anonymous
24 days ago
$10
Anonymous
24 days ago
$25
Tom Angelo
25 days ago

You did a very brave thing, and I hope this helps you to be able to take the time you need to completely recover

$20
Anonymous
26 days ago
PB
$20
Philippa Bogle
27 days ago
SL
$25
Steve Lind
28 days ago
$25
Robert Siegel
28 days ago

Thank you to Julian Velard, for pointing me to this great cause - best of luck Felipe

KF
$100
Kari (mark Piro's fiance's family) Foote
28 days ago
DA
$100
Dre Allen
28 days ago

What a hero! Get well soon!

Steve Bednar
1 month ago

Your act of braveness Felipe...an awesome human quality that so few have. Praying for your speedy and total healing. God Bless

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