Ahn Kisook, or Kisook Ahn (according to the Korean tradition of writing surnames first), had only lived in this country for five years before she was killed in the Metro North derailment, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The 35-year-old lived in Woodside, Queens but commuted all the way to Ossining’s Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center (about an hour-and-a-half trip), where she worked the nightshift with very ill children in the nursery.
Sunshine Children’s Home, from its website description, “is a 54-bed licensed nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute, rehabilitative care.”
While most on that early morning Hudson line train were likely going into the city for day-trips on the long holiday weekend, Ahn was reportedly on her way home from a long shift at work when the train went off the tracks.
“Two of the nurses went hospital to hospital looking for her yesterday,” Linda Mosiello, the facility’s administrator, told the WSJ. “We’re just devastated. She was just loved and adored by all of the nurses and children here.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ahn’s parents are deceased; in South Korea she has a brother and a twin sister. She has no relatives here in the United States. Her brother and brother-in-law are reportedly securing visas to come to New York for her body.
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