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Robert Cubellis

Robert Cubellis

Robert Cubellis poses at the center, surrounded by 3 family members.

My wife, Marjory, and I have been together for 44 wonderful years, and are snow birds who love the Florida sunshine. We are appreciative of our life together and try to make the most of every day, but there was one day in March, 2013 that changed our lives forever. It started out as any other beautiful spring day, the kind South Florida is known for.

I was getting ready to go out and play a round of golf when a sharp pain in my back sent me crashing to the floor. I couldn’t move and my wife couldn’t help me. She immediately dialed 9-1-1. There would be no game of golf for me on this day.

Instead, I found myself in the back of an ambulance as the paramedics rushed me to Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore. It turned out that I was bleeding internally, and there was a five-minute window for me to get diagnosed and receive medical care.

The screaming pain in my back that had been building inside my body and then burst was an aortic aneurysm. I feel that I am lucky that I was taken to Florida Medical Center, home to The Heart Institute of Florida. I believe this is what saved my life.

Moments after the ambulance brought me in, the work-up began that showed the rupture of the aortic aneurysm and I was rushed off to surgery. Treatment of an aortic aneurysm is time-sensitive, and the staff of Florida Medical Center sprung into action.

When I awoke, my wife told me the details of everything that had taken place. From the professional and skilled care I received by the emergency personnel in the ambulance to the doctors and nurses who saved my life at Florida Medical Center.

When my life was in jeopardy, these devoted medical teams worked together to make sure I had the best possible chance of survival and we want to give them our highest praise. Without the dedicated work of cardiac and vascular surgeons Dr. Alfredo Rego, Dr. Efren Buitrago and the fast thinking of Emergency Room physician Dr. Louis Isaacson, I may not have survived.

Ironically, I already knew quite a bit about aortic aneurysms, and that they can be deadly. My father had an aortic aneurysm in his early 80’s. Aortic aneurysms can be hereditary or caused by disease.

What I did not know was that being proactive with a screening could have prevented my aortic aneurysm. That is the reason why I want to share my story. Every man over the age of 50-years-old should have a test for an aortic aneurysm. Believe me, the men in my family will.

Today, I’m back on the course working on scoring more birdies than bogies, but I am certainly grateful to be back in the swing of things. My wife and I look forward to spending many more winter seasons in South Florida. We have the peace of mind to know that if we need medical care, Florida Medical Center is certainly above par!

This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. Each case must be independently evaluated and managed.

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