First Lady Invites NYC Nurse to State of the Union

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    Vehicles are submerged during a storm surge near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

    Guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address include a nurse who helped save babies in a Manhattan hospital flooded by Sandy.

    Menchu de Luna Sanchez will sit in the first lady's box on Tuesday night.

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    Sanchez works at New York University's Langone Medical Center. It lost power and was flooded during the October storm.

    Hundreds of patients had to be quickly evacuated to other hospitals, including 20 infants who needed intensive care.

    Sanchez organized nurses and doctors to carefully carry the babies down eight flights of stairs with only cell phones lighting the way.

    Sanchez, a native of the Philippines, lives in Secaucus, N.J. Her home also was flooded.

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