In the living room of his Palmer home, Garcia talks about his experience and his gratitude for everyone who helped him. A welcome home sign in Spanish hung in the room along with celebratory balloons. “I really had excellent care from the doctors and nurses,” Garcia says through a translator. “I would recommend to anyone to get treatment at LVHN.” Garcia’s wife, Maria, was equally complimentary.
“This was an excellent outcome,” says Dr. Cheponis, also with the Neuroscience Institute. “Everything went right. I told him to tell his co-workers that they helped save his life.”
Dr. Melinosky says the usual advice to call 911 for a suspected stroke patient still holds but noted Garcia’s co-workers were right to bring him by car to LVH–Hecktown Oaks, given its location. “Fortunately, he was across the street. This was definitely an exception,” he says. “He was really lucky.”
Garcia came to the mainland U.S. from Puerto Rico 10 years ago. He says he’s always been healthy and there was no history of stroke in his family. “I just didn’t physically feel well, but I have faith in God, and I wasn’t afraid,” he says.