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'Stayin' Alive' Beat Helps Save Subway Worker's Life

The Bee Gees song checks in at 103 beats per minute



    WNBC, File

    A New York subway worker survived electrocution on the third rail — thanks to a co-worker performing CPR to the beat of "Stayin' Alive."

    Monique Brathwaite told the Daily News she remembers nothing about her fall onto the deadly rail that powers trains.

    The 35-year-old mother of four was hospitalized after Friday's accident in a Harlem tunnel during maintenance work. She later learned that co-worker David Martinez rushed to her side to do life-saving chest compressions.

    He says he suddenly remembered reading that the rhythm of the Bee Gees' disco hit song was perfect for CPR — 103 beats per minute.

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    Though she's badly burned and will need skin grafts, she stayed alive.

    She calls Martinez her hero.

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