CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Last week, Lisette Caro and her family paid a visit to Broward Health Coral Springs to reunite with doctors and nurses who saved her life a year ago.

The 50-year-old Parkland resident was brought to the hospital’s emergency department in full cardiac arrest. Her 14-year-old daughter, Gabriela, performed CPR that bought Caro time to get the medical care she needed.

She survived, thanks to a full medical team working on her with aggressive treatment.

“I’m very grateful,” said Caro, who brought balloons and treats to the staff on Friday, the anniversary of that day, as a gesture of appreciation.

Gary Lai, D.O., chief of emergency medicine at Broward Health Coral Springs, recalled the treatment Caro received as a moment in his medical career that he will never forget.

“What stands out to me most is the miraculous turnaround that she made,” he said. “Once we were able to get her family at her bedside, it really was a miracle how she turned around. She has amazing kids who were able to jump into action and save mom.”  

Caro said that she never thought she’d suffer a cardiac incident, because “my blood pressure was usually low, I don’t have a history of cardiac disease in my family, and I never had a problem with my heart. It was very unexpected.”

She ended up recovering at the hospital for a week and later received a defibrillator in case she suffers another heart complication.

On Friday, Caro chatted with the nurses, Dr. Lai, and the hospital’s CEO, Jared Smith. She said she appreciates the treatment they gave her and for helping her beat the odds.

 

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