Brooklyn physician, lady among the many lacking within the collapse of the Surfside constructing
Workers look at the rubble from the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo building in Surfside, Florida on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Search and rescue forces dealing with summer rainstorms, fires in the rubble and the risk of collapse due to the still standing part of the building were not visible on the rubble on Thursday morning, as numerous people are still missing a week after the collapse. AP Photo / Mark Humphrey
A doctor who grew up in an Azerbaijani Jewish family in Brooklyn and his newlywed wife moved to Florida last month – to a seventh floor in the now-collapsed Champlain South Towers in Surfside – and are now missing, according to news reports .
Ulsan Manashirov, who grew up in Bergen Beach, and Nicole Doran-Manashirov were both transplanted to Florida, where they met, fell in love, and were married in Fort Lauderdale last month. A photo on the Chabad Lubavitch website shows them under the chuppah, or traditional Jewish wedding canopy.
“You were so happy,” said Valery Manashirova, brother of Dr. Ruslan Manashirov and Brooklyn residents, opposite WABC-TV in New York. “It was a beautiful wedding and they have just started their lives.”
The loved ones are eagerly awaiting news about Dr. Manashirov and his wife Nicole.
The couple had to postpone their wedding date three times because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also affected their work as medical professionals.
Ruslan Manashirov is a neurologist and general practitioner at ClareMedica in South Miami, while Doran-Manashirov, who previously lived in South Park, Pennsylvania, is a medical assistant in the emergency room at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, a town near Surfside.
“She worked indescribable hours during the pandemic,” said a family friend, Wendy Kays Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “She never withdrew from her duties.”
Ruslan Manashirov’s family came to Brooklyn from the Azerbaijani capital Baku, the Chabad website said.
He “just enveloped you in his personality,” said Susan DeRisi, a friend of the couple, Post Gazette. “He came into the group and it was like he belonged.”
Valery Manashirova remembered that when his father woke up on Thursday, he called him to the TV, which showed the news of the collapse.
“It just felt like a bad dream,” he said.
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