NEW YORK Alcides Moreno, the window-washer who survived a 47-story fall from a Manhattan high-rise apartment building in December, has been released from the hospital.
The 37-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant and father of three was transferred in stable condition from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to an undisclosed rehabilitation center Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Doctors said Moreno would undergo acute rehabilitation, which might take more than a year. Doctors believe he will walk again.
"This is virtually beyond belief," Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and chief executive of the hospital, said two weeks ago when giving an update on Moreno's recovery. "More work has to be done, but we are optimistic."
Moreno and his brother, Edgar Moreno, plunged more than 500 feet when their window washing scaffold at an Upper East Side apartment building gave way.
It is believed that Alcides Moreno survived the fall by holding on to the scaffold platform. He was found conscious, sitting up on top of the platform. His brother died instantly, according to paramedics at the scene of the Dec. 7 accident.
The city Building Department is investigating the accident.
Moreno received around-the-clock treatment after suffering injuries to his brain, spinal column, chest and ribs as well as multiple fractures. He was given 24 units of blood and 19 units of blood plasma and underwent 16 surgeries.
Moreno's team of doctors included trauma surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, neurological, orthopedic, rehabilitation medicine, plastic surgery and neurology.