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Matthew Bolger

Matthew Bolger PlaqueWhat is it like to rely on a stranger to save your child’s life? That’s an unimaginable fate that was faced by the Bolger family.

On October 10, 2015, 19-year-old Matthew Bolger of Jersey City was out with a friend when he fell victim to a gunshot wound during an attempted robbery. On that day, his parents Connie and John Bolger met the woman who would ultimately save their son’s life.

Matthew had been taken to the ER at Jersey City Medical Center with a gunshot to the back of his head. With the bullet lodged in the front of his head, Dr. Allison Rathmann of Advanced Neurosurgery Associates was called upon to operate.

John tells the story of he and his wife: “When we went in, we were both in shock. But Dr. Rathmann was so calm, so sure of herself. ‘Don’t worry about it; I got it. I’m going to take good care of him.’ That calmed us down a bit. When we went in, we weren’t sure he was going to make it. She was so reassuring; we stopped even considering he might pass away. She made us feel he was going to be okay.”

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