‘LICH saved my life’! Petition signers hope to rescue sinking Cobble Hill hospital
A petition urging SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall to come up with a plan to rescue Long Island College Hospital (LICH) gathered more than 1,500 signatures over the weekend.
Along with their signature, many past and present patients provided eloquent testimony about how the 150-year-old hospital, now threatened with imminent closure, saved their lives.
In 2009, triathelete Karin Linner experienced a severe headache while out for a 70-mile bike ride. After her ride she was talking to a friend on the phone when a blood clot dislodged from her carotid artery and traveled to her brain, causing a stroke.
If not for the fast action of doctors at LICH – they immediately gave her a drug to break up the clot, performed an angioplasty and implanted a stent – Linner’s life would not be the same today.