Bronx caregiver is honored for saving patient’s life

The recently deceased Dorothy Lyon Smith, with home caretaker, Nana Robinson. Courtesy of Ellen Nash

A local Bronxite has recently been awarded for her services in the health care industry and dedication to patients, and one in particular whose life she saved

Nana Robinson was honored by The New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc., during their annual ceremony for the ‘Hero’s in the Home Statewide Caregiver Recognition Program,’ held in Montreal, Canada.

Robinson, who moved to the Bronx from Ghana eight years ago, was acknowledged not only for her big heart and superb care giving, but for her unwavering loyalty to those she cares for.

During the April of 2007 Nor’easter storm, Robinson was leaving church when she received a voicemail pleading for help.

Robinson rushed to the basement apartment of Dorothy Lyon Smith, as the apartment was falling apart from the harsh winds and conditions, with floodwaters beginning to enter.

“She said she wasn’t going to leave because it had happened years before,” recalls Robinson, “but all of a sudden her air conditioning went off and within seconds the water started rushing in and went five feet high.”

Robinson transferred Smith to a wheel chair, as well as grabbed the patient’s cat, before pulling her up to higher ground to avoid the rising waters.

“Everybody told me I was crazy for staying there,” said Robinson, “and I don’t know how I did it, but I did. I will always be thankful for that day and God saving us.”

Following the horrific storm, Robinson and the staff at Concept: Care Inc. of White Plains, located at 50 Main Street, found Smith residency at a local facility, and collected donations from community members to purchase food and clothing.

The other winners were Shaun Evans, Lucille Yardman and Brenda Jordan.

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