Larry Brickman: Doctor thanked after nearly half-century for saving a life
12:53 PM, Apr 10, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New Jersey woman has thanked a Florida doctor who saved her from drowning nearly 49 years ago in New York.
Newsday says Edith Rothstein of Franklin Lakes, N.J., recently contacted Dr. Larry Brickman. He moved from Long Island in 2005 to teach surgery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Rothstein left a voicemail, asking if Brickman was the man who saved her life on Long Island's Lido Beach in September 1964.
He was, indeed.
Brickman had a summer lifeguard job there while attending Michigan State. He vividly remembers giving 5-year-old Edie mouth-to-mouth. Brickman says lifeguards of that era were not trained in the technique. He says he acted mostly on intuition.
Newsday wrote about the rescue the next day. Rothstein decided to reach out after looking at an old scrapbook. Her son used Google to find Brickman.
The doctor told her they both "got lucky that day."