Employee to Patient – In an Instant
As a proud member of Jackson’s Information Technology Department for more than a decade, helping
others is part of my job. Working at a health system, I often heard success stories about patients who
beat the odds, but I never expected I would become one of them.
One day, while I was working on a computer at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, I turned my neck and
heard a snap. Within seconds, I began profusely sweating, and began feeling lightheaded.
I knew something wasn’t right. Fortunately, Jackson Memorial’s Emergency Department was just steps
It seemed like moments later, I was being rushed in for an angiogram, which confirmed a potentially
deadly, ruptured brain aneurysm. Doctors also noticed I had suffered a severe brain hemorrhage when an
artery in my brain burst.
I am eternally thankful to Dr. Eric Peterson, a UHealth/Jackson neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial. He
saw that I was in really bad shape and wasted no time in caring for me. Dr. Peterson performed an emergency procedure and guided a catheter – the size of a strand of hair – through an artery in my leg into my brain. He placed tiny platinum coils to close the hole and stop the bleeding.
My journey was nowhere near over, though. After spending nearly a month in an induced coma in the
neurosurgical intensive care unit, my recovery continued with intense and specialized physical and
Every doctor, nurse, technician, and therapist who cared for me was incredible. While I beat the odds, it
was because of my healthcare team that I was able to leave Jackson Memorial walking, talking, and with
no loss of brain function. And I am happy to have returned, full time, to my position at Jackson.
Feb. 1991 Jackson History
First Pediatric Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On February 17, 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at age 16.Explore in story page.
Apr. 1924 Jackson History
Hospital Renamed after Dr. Jackson’s Death. Link opens story page.
At a meeting on April 8, 1924, the Miami City Commission voted to change the name of the Miami City Hospital to The James M. Jackson Memorial Hospital.Explore in story page.
Jul. 2014 Medical Firsts
Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Transplant. Link opens story page.
In 2014, the first three-way paired kidney exchange transplant in Florida sets a record.Explore in story page.