Isabel Rivero, RN, BSN, brings a unique perspective to her work at the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital. She and her identical twin, Viviana, spent the first few months of their lives there, decades ago.
Born prematurely, Isabel and Viviana have been close for as long as they can remember – and it’s a bond so important to Isabel that she was motivated to help others facing similar circumstances.
“I make a difference to families I meet in the NICU, because I’m a real-life success story for parents,” Isabel said. “Of course, my work is challenging, but I also know that the bonds I forge are just as important as the care we give our tiny patients.”
Jan. 1985 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for HIV Proves Effective. Link opens story page.
In 1985, UM/Jackson Drs. Margaret Fischl and Gordon Dickinson conducted the trial that proved the effectiveness of azidothymidine (AZT).Explore in story page.
Feb. 2011 Miracle Stories
Paralyzed Gymnast Walks Again After Hypothermia Treatment. Link opens story page.
After fracturing and dislocating a vertebra in his neck, longtime gymnast Jorge Valdes’ chances of walking were slim. But a week after his fall, Jorge was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital – walking.Explore in story page.
May. 2012 Miracle Stories
Professional Golfer Receives Life-saving Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
In 2008, professional Golfer Erik Compton was preparing to qualify for the PGA Tour, when his transplanted heart started to fail.Explore in story page.