Broward Health Patient Stories

Broward Health Patient Stories

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Ida
Ida Rhames, 71, was out on a celebratory lunch with her staff on November 15, 2018. After eating some chicken at a fast-food restaurant, Rhames felt a sharp pain in her chest. Convinced her discomfort was related to previous gallbladder problems, she drove to the Emergency Room at Broward Health Imperial Point.

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Joanne
Jo Ann Perreault knows what it takes to live a heart-healthy lifestyle while living with diabetes. A clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Broward Health Coral Springs, Perreault was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 25 years ago. She can identify with her diabetic patients on a deeper level and help them navigate this chronic condition because of her personal experience.

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Kriss

Krishendial "Kris" Mootiram was at work like any normal day when he began to feel tightness in his chest, a pain he had never felt before. He disregarded the pain as possible indigestion and went about his day. He later felt a terrible pounding on his chest and told his supervisor that he needed help.



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Cobb

Michael Cobb, 65, was spending a pleasant Sunday at the driving range in October 2017. He was sweating profusely, but standing under the Florida sun, it did not seem unusual. He felt a slight pain across his chest, but he shrugged it off, certain it was just indigestion. That night after dinner, his resting heart rate was above 100 - well above his normal rate.

  



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Leonard

On December 8, 2017, while working on a fence with his son and grandson, 71-year-old Robert Leonard suffered a heart attack and collapsed to the ground. 



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Dr. Berne

John Berne, M.D., was uneasy. Despite more than 20 years of experience in critical care medicine as a trauma surgeon at Broward Health Medical Center, Berne was about to become the patient.



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Valdes Twins

Julien Osiris and Odin Jericho Perez were born at 28 weeks weighing less than three pounds each. The first two months of their lives were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where they fought to live.



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Michelle Loberfeld

As an ER nurse at Broward Health Coral Springs, Michelle Loberfeld knows the importance of early detection in breast cancer prevention. After her cousin was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, Loberfeld started getting annual mammograms at the age of 35 – a little earlier than the recommended age of 40. In 2016, her annual mammogram results came back clear, but several weeks after, she felt an unusual lump on her breast.



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Stephanie Popov
Stephanie Popov, R.N., 35, just achieved incredible weight loss. After undergoing bariatric surgery at Broward Health Imperial Point, she lost close to 140 pounds in a nine-month span. Sadly, there are barely any pictures to document her success. Mostly because, for the longest time, Popov did not like having her picture taken.

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Cynthia Memmoli

Cynthia Memmoli, 81, put off having a second hip replacement surgery because her first hip replacement had caused some complications. When the pain became too unbearable she knew it was time to get her other hip fixed.



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