When I heard a 7-month-old baby had been pulled from the debris of a building collapse yesterday on upper Broadway, I (and my wife, who went to Columbia for grad school) shuddered.
Then, um, I wondered what kind of stroller the kid was riding. Because I couldn't see it in all the helicopter-cam coverage. Well now, the story can be told. It was a Mountain Buggy Urban Double, and it's credited with saving the kid's life, according to this Newsday article:
"The stroller kind of cocooned the baby," said Jesus Palacios, 31, a paramedic who worked on resuscitating the child in an ambulance on the way to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.And the Post puts it this way: "the calamity's littlest victim was saved by a tank-tough, $600-plus baby stroller that shielded her from the crashing rubble."
"The stroller bent, and when it bent it had a pocket in the middle and that was what shielded the baby," said Awilda Cordero, a friend of the nanny who was caring for the child.
But you have to turn to the Daily News to answer the remaining, burning questions:
A Double? The nanny had just dropped off the 2-year-old brother at nursery school.
And blue [the stroller, I mean.]
In comments somewhere on the sites, someone recently asked if there were a lot of Mountain Buggies in New York City. There are, but I have a feeling there're gonna a lot more very soon.
Check the Mountain Buggy USA site for dealer information. [mountainbuggyusa.com]
Posh stroller may have saved baby's life [newsday.com, thanks to DT reader Dave for the spot]
STROLLER SAVES BABY IN W. SIDE COLLAPSE [nypost.com]
Small miracle found in rubble [dailynews.com]