FDNY veteran Rob Wiedeman thought he was fighting a routine fire—until the building exploded in flame. He escaped—but only barely: he had burns covering 60% of his body. Rob was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian, which has long been the go-to hospital for New York firefighters and first responders.

Rob’s burns were so severe that NYP doctors induced him into a coma for 2 weeks to stabilize him and begin what would eventually be numerous skin graft surgeries. In all, Rob spent over three months at the hospital as burn specialists, surgeons and physical therapists worked to bring Rob back. He says his NYP team were the heroes, but the day Rob was discharged, he got a hero’s escort all the way home.

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