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East Harlem explosion survivor thanks her rescuers

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Doctors at Mount Sinai describe Carmen Quinones as a fighter; someone who was determined to live and did.

On Friday, she had the opportunity to thank the firefighters who pulled her from the rubble. She gave the six firefighters from Rescue 1 a hug and expressed her deep gratitude. This was the first time she has seen the firefighters since a gas explosion leveled two buildings in East Harlem in March. Eight people, including Quinones's 48-year-old daughter Griselde Camacho, died. Camacho was a security sergeant at Hunter College. She and her mother had lived in an apartment on the fourth floor.

Firefighters climbed on top of the rubble, which was covered in thick choking smoke, when all the sudden smoke cleared a little and they saw Quiones, who had been lying on the mountain of rubble for about 45 minutes.

Doctors say Quinones, who had bleeding on the brain, is lucky to be alive. She will be discharged from the hospital on Monday. Because she lost everything in the explosion, she will be living her with pastor and his wife. She said her faith is getting her through these dark hours.

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