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First ever female MTA elevator and escalator mechanic dies while giving birth to twin girls at age 43

By Mason White 12:28 PM November 21, 2017
Julia Roman with her husband and children

A woman in New Jersey, who was the first ever woman to be hired as an elevator and escalator mechanic by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has died while giving birth to twins.

43-year-old Julia Roman was in the hospital and giving birth to her twin daughters Isabella and Grace when she suffered Amniotic Fluid Embolism, which poisoned her blood.

Roman of Dumont was unable to be saved and she died at the Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley.

Her twin girls are in perfect health.

Roman left behind her devoted husband and 5-year-old daughter Victoria.

When Roman was just 16-years-old, she moved from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx in New York.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 said that Roman was the first ever female to be hired by the MTA as an elevator and escalator mechanic, which is viewed until this day as a man’s job.

She landed the job with the help of the Nontraditional Employment for Women origination.

She worked at her job for 15 years among 225 other male mechanics.

Roman’s sister-in-law, Lucelenia Pimentel, set up a GoFundMe page to help the family.

Pimentel wrote: “Julia was a very special person. She was my sister-in-law and friend. She was an amazing mom. Just like any expectant mother, she was looking forward to the arrival of her twin daughters.

“Julia was taken from us unexpectedly after the birth of my beautiful nieces. This page is being set up to assist my brother and their daughters, Victoria, Isabella, and Grace, during this difficult time. Any help is appreciated.”