The Stuff of Heroism

In his State of the Union address last week, US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Filipino-American nurse Menchu de Luna Sanchez for her heroism. While typhoon Sandy was pummeling New York City last November, she planned and supervised the transfer of 20 newborn babies from NYU’s Langone Medical Center, which the storm had plunged into darkness, to safer intensive care units in the city.

She had the babies wrapped in warming pads, then led doctors and nurses, cradling the babies in their arms, down a stairway with only their hand phones lighting the way. Other personnel pumped oxygen and bore vital hospital equipment.

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Obama’s Tears

US President Barack Obama couldn’t hold back the tears when he went on TV on Friday and sent condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the massacre of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut last week. Twenty children — aged 6 and 7 — and seven adults, including the gunman’s own mother, were killed in that carnage.

If you’re a father — like Obama, like I am — you would be stricken with grief and anxiety. Any of those children could have been yours. You’d want to reach out to all those who lost a child, a sibling or a parent in that tragedy. Our hearts are broken.

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