A Bayonne Medical Center oncology nurse died after being knocked down by a homeless mugger who fled after stealing another woman’s cell phone.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The New York Post first reported the incident late yesterday afternoon, where Jermaine Foster, 26, knocked Maria Ambrocio, 58, to the pavement as he was being chased after stealing a cell phone out of another woman’s hands.
Ambrocio immediately lost consciousness after her head hit the ground and it wasn’t long before she was declared brain dead at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
Mayor Jimmy Davis posted on social media asking for prayers after she was “viciously attacked in an unprovoked assault by a deranged man in Times Square yesterday.
About 90 minutes later, the Post updated their story to indicate that Ambrocio had succumbed to her injuries with families and friends at her bedside.
In a lengthy statement, CarePoint CEO Dr. Achintya Moulick praised Ambrocio for her 25 years of service, referring to her as “a cherished member of the CarePoint Health family” calling her death “a profound loss to us all.”
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved colleague Maria Ambrocio, a cherished member of our CarePoint Health family. She spent 25 years as an oncology nurse in Bayonne Medical Center, and her untimely death is a profound loss to us all, especially those whose lives she touched each day,” he began.
“Maria devoted her life to helping others, caring for patients, and serving the community. She was caring, compassionate and outgoing. She loved to take pictures and spend time with friends and family. At work, she was generous and always promoted teamwork and positivity. Maria always appreciated those she worked with and was grateful for the camaraderie and teamwork. Another nurse who worked with Maria remembered her focus on patients: ‘Spend less time complaining and more time working, we need to take care of the patients.’ That is truly who Maria was, ‘patient care first’ was her motto.”