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Doctor who helped subway conductor who was cut in the neck speaks exclusively to CBS New York

NEW YORK — The doctor who rushed through an A train to help a subway conductor who had been cut in the neck spoke exclusively to CBS New York on Friday.

The conductor says the stranger saved his life and waited with him until first responders arrived.

Doctors know that their lifesaving efforts usually take place in a hospital, but sometimes they are tested out in the world, such as in the subway system.

Dr. Patrick McGrory, of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, was on a subway train at the exact moment he was needed most.

“A bloodcurdling scream is about what I heard first,” he said.

The violent attack on a train conductor occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning as a train pulled into the Rockaway Avenue-Fulton Street station.

McGrory became a lifesaver for the man driving his train.

The conductor spoke exclusively to CBS New York on Thursdayin which he described sticking his head out of the window as part of his job to check the tracks, which gave an unknown assailant the opportunity to cut his neck.

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“I don’t know why it happened, but I’m just happy to be alive,” the conductor said.

He considers himself very lucky that McGrory was around.

The doctor told us that the conductor’s message over a loudspeaker was a call to action.

“Announced that he needed medical attention, that he had been stabbed… I walked towards the conductor,” McGrory said. “He was holding his neck, so I knew he was bleeding from his neck, so stop the bleeding.”

McGrory says he grabbed the face mask the conductor was wearing and rolled it up to stop the bleeding.

“I had to use what I had,” he said.

He estimated it took about 20 to 25 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. The conductor, who is now recovering with 34 stitches, says he will see the doctor again as soon as he feels better.

“He was an angel,” the conductor said Thursday.

“I call him an angel back,” McGrory said. “I’m sure he’s gotten me home safely before, so he’s my angel too.”

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McGrory said anyone can learn from the emergency medical techniques he used.

“So I invite everyone to go online and find a Stop the Bleed program near you,” he said.

Meanwhile, police have not yet traced the attacker in this incident.

The Transport Workers Union is calling for better police protection for MTA workers.

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