Broward Health Patient Stories

Broward Health Patient Stories

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Norman Jacobs
Norman Jacobs, 68, was home relaxing one weekend when he started experiencing a headache so intense that it prompted him to seek medical help. “I had a headache for two days and I thought it was a migraine,” Jacobs said. 

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Steven Valancy at Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center
Steven Valancy was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016.  However it was only this past year that he became serious about his health as a member of the Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center.  

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Cameah at Salah Foundation Children
Cameah Toussaint survived a near drowning. She was at a pool party in August, eating a sandwich while standing near the pool’s edge, when another child came along and pushed her into the pool.

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Gisella Velasco
The thing that alarmed Gisella Velasco was the sudden burning sensation. She felt as if her entire body was boiling. “I went to the emergency room and as soon as I arrived I was taken in to get different exams,” she said of her November 2018 visit to Broward Health Coral Springs.

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Mark Osborne
During his screening for prostate cancer, Mark Osborne's primary doctor noticed an increase in his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores. 

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Gerald Riley
Gerald Riley, 72, had smoked nearly all his life. “After 55 years of smoking, I quit cold turkey when I had a heart attack in 2017,” he said.   

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Vivienne
When Sarah Salvatoriello brought her 2-year-old daughter, Vivienne, to the Emergency Room at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health, she didn’t expect to learn that her daughter had cancer.

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Lisa Paugh
“It's crazy to say, but I am one of those mamas who really enjoys the whole labor and delivery process,” said Lisa Paugh about her experience delivering at The Maternity Place at Broward Health Coral Springs.

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Michelle Heiser, breast cancer survivor

As a veteran driver engineer and paramedic, Michelle Heiser has to make split-second decisions daily. When she was diagnosed with a non-invasive carcinoma at the age of 43 she didn’t hesitate to do her best to extinguish the cancer.



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Patricia D

Counting down the days to her daughter’s wedding, Patricia D’Alessandro was full of joy and was busy planning the special day. Patricia consistently schedules her mammogram every year, but almost cancelled it due to her daughter’s wedding festivities.



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