Broward Health Patient Stories

Broward Health Patient Stories

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Antoinette Mowatt

Antoinette Mowatt, 52, loves playing with her grandchildren and going to the gym. For the longest time she found doing those things difficult due to painful menstrual cramps.



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Jillian Wirzman
Jillian Wirzman, 51, was enjoying a typical day in late March when things quickly changed. Jillian, the Chief Nursing Officer for Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center, was at work preparing for a meeting. As she walked down the hall, she became extremely dizzy and then began to experience weakness on the right side of her body, as well as confusion.

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William Antczak

For more than a year, William Antczak lived with discomfort in his left hip. William, who loves to be active, was not able to do any of his regular activities such as biking and swimming.



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Jose Luis Jimenez
For most of his life, Jose Luis Jimenez has had difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. His weight affected his health and how he was able to enjoy life. Jose eventually developed diabetes and hypertension, and even gave up many beloved activities. His friends and family urged him to consider bariatric surgery.

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Mike McDonough
For Mike McDonough, Broward Health’s Urgent Care Centers have been a safe and convenient choice for when he and his family needed medical attention.

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John Brugos
On May 11, Broward Health Medical Center welcomed its first patient undergoing joint replacement surgery following the state’s easing COVID-19 restrictions on elective procedures. For John Brugos, 66, this was the first step to being healthy.


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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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Elissa M.
As a cruise-ship musician, Elissa Menendez’s livelihood is in her hands. One day during practice her hand began to hurt more than normal. She knew something was wrong.

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Gerald Thixon
Gerald Thixon was hard at work one afternoon when he began experiencing painful discomfort in his back. At first, Gerald attributed the pain to the physical demands of his job as a general contractor. 

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Jeffrey Skimming
Jeffrey Skimming, a pediatric cardiologist who enjoys living an active lifestyle, doesn’t remember much about the day he had a heart attack. He remembers going to the gym and was later told he went into cardiac arrest while working out on an elliptical machine. 

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