As a 5 year old child, Eady Rothstein really had no way to save the mysterious lifeguard who saved her life at a club pool in 1964.Now, nearly 50 years after the event, Eady decided to track him down and thank him personally.
Rothstein of Ramsey, N.J. recalls the day in 1964 when she sat at the edge of a pool at a club in the Lido Beach area of Long Island. Suddenly, the little girl slipped into the pool. She recalls dipping under the ware surface and screaming.
The lifeguard on duty saw what happened and leapt into the pool. He pulled Eady from the water and began CPR. The technique was not required or commonly known among lifeguards at that time. Larry Brickman, 21m however, was a medical student working at the pool to pay for college and he had learned it.
He gave her mouth to mouth resuscitation for several minutes, refusing to give up, until she regained consciousness. Had he not been there and able to perform the life-saving technique, both Rothstein and Brickman are sure she would have died.
Rothstein always felt the need to thank the man who saved her life but they had only ever met on that one fateful day. Not long ago, Eady ran across an account of the event in a family scrapbook while preparing to move to her new home in Ramsey.
Using Google, she located the man, now a doctor in Boca Raton, Florida. She found his phone number, called and left a message on his answering machine.
Brickman called her back. At the end of the call, he told her that they had both been very lucky that day.
Following the accident, Rothstein’s father made her take swimming lessons to prevent a recurrence. Today she swims laps in the pool regularly every summer.
The two are planning a face-to-face reunion but will keep in touch via phone until then.