Patient Testimonials and Reviews
James’ and Carmen’s Story
Knowing the acronym BE FAST helped Carmen realize her husband James was experiencing stroke symptoms. By acting FAST and calling 911, Carmen’s reaction along with the quick action of fire-rescue emergency personnel landed James at Delray Medical Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Dr. Dennys Reyes, a neurointerventionalist, performed a mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from James’ brain during his ischemic stroke. Read James’ and Carmen’s Story ➨
Normally on Friday nights my husband James and I watch a TV show called “Gold Rush” but on the particular night he had a stroke it became evident something was off with him. I noticed he had turned the TV off and left the room so my inkling was to go check on him. While checking on his wellbeing I noticed he was showing stroke symptoms. James was lying across our bed with only one eye open, his face was droopy and his smile was crooked on the right side. He tried to stand up but his legs were wobbly and motor skills were off so I helped him back into the bed and called 911.
The paramedics made it to our home quickly and took James to Delray Medical Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center. On the way to the hospital, the paramedics were already communicating with the emergency room (ER) staff at Delray Medical Center about my husband’s status as a stroke patient. The ER staff wasted no time in getting a CAT scan of his brain. Dr. Dennys Reyes, an interventional neurologist, began evaluating James immediately. Dr. Reyes said it looked as if James may have had prior strokes. Looking back, we realized James had smaller strokes like the time his leg went numb while he was doing yardwork or three weeks before coming to the hospital, when he was at a Miami Hurricanes football game and had to leave because his head was pounding so bad.
For the removal of the blood clot from James’ brain causing this ischemic stroke, Dr. Reyes performed a mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke. Then, Dr. Reyes put a stent in the brain artery and opened up blood flow back to that area of James’ brain affected by the stroke. Luckily, James received care at Delray Medical Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center where advanced technology is available for use in stroke treatment. James went home from the hospital just four days later.
He has no physical deficits due to his stroke just short-term memory loss. Every time Dr. Reyes sees James, he cannot believe this is the same patient. Without the care from Dr. Reyes and Delray Medical Center, James could have died or suffered a major deficit. Dr. Reyes is my hero and I think he is amazing! I would refer Dr. Reyes to anyone. He (Dr. Reyes) is the man.
Even though times with James during his stroke were tense and emotional, Dr. Reyes was very calming. Dr. Reyes explained everything he was going to do beforehand. Additionally, Dr. Reyes is very clear with his message and makes sure you as a family member understand everything he is saying. Dr. Reyes takes his time when he is talking to you. I also like that Dr. Reyes allows you to be participative. When Dr. Reyes approaches a patient or family member, he has a calming presence. His approach to patient care is ideal.
In addition, Dr. Reyes’ bedside manner was amazing. The after stroke care provided by Dr. Reyes and Delray Medical Center as well as James’ follow-up at Dr. Reyes’ Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI) office was wonderful. Dr. Reyes’ nurse Jessica is also very attentive and responsive to patient’s needs. Jessica never seems agitated and if she says she was going to do it, then, it gets done. Dr. Reyes’ PBNI office is easy to get in and out of and overall, it is a convenient location with friendly staff.
Today, instead of debilitation, James is back to doing the things he enjoys like working outside. He loves his yard work especially helping at his Dad’s house trimming the grass and hedges, planting and gardening every single week. We have also added memory games and word repetition exercises to help with the short-term memory loss.
James was also born and raised in West Palm Beach. In addition, I am happy to say we have been married for over 36-years. Today, thanks to Dr. Reyes’ care, I am glad I still have my partner by my side to spend future years together. I would not hesitate in referring anyone to Dr. Reyes for neurological care. If we could see Dr. Reyes for all of our family’s care, he would be that person. Dr. Reyes is my hero for saving my husband!
- This testimonial reflects the experience and outcome of this patient. Actual results will vary.
While eating breakfast, I suffered a debilitating stroke. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue showed up quickly, assessed me and prepared me for transport as a stroke alert to Delray Medical Center. At the hospital, interventional neurologist Dr. Dennys Reyes wasted no time in providing treatment for my stroke by accessing the blood clot via an artery in my leg. The small blood clot causing my neurological disorder was in my brain. Dr. Reyes was able to use a catheterization to extract the stroke causing clot. Medical technology nowadays is amazing. Dr. Reyes is a godsend.
I had already gotten up for the day, shaved, made coffee and prepared to eat breakfast as usual when my home health aide, Emma, peeked her head in and said, good morning. I said good morning back to her and asked her to please, grab a cup of coffee. I sat down, began eating my breakfast and started a conversation with her. Out of nowhere, she noticed that my eyes had rolled backward and then, to the side. I could not put my spoon into my mouth while trying to eat breakfast. Then, my right hand started shaking. I could not speak so Emma asked me if I was experiencing any pain to grab her hand and squeeze hard. Apparently, I squeezed her hand rather tightly. She quickly called 911.
When my stroke happened, I went completely blank. I was having a stroke on my left side affecting my right side motor skills. Thank God my home health aide, Emma, at Huntington Lakes where I live in Delray Beach was with me because her quick thinking saved my life. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue showed up quickly, assessed me and prepared me for transport as a stroke alert to Delray Medical Center. At the hospital, interventional neurologist Dr. Dennys Reyes wasted no time in providing treatment for my stroke by accessing the blood clot via an artery in my leg. The small blood clot causing my neurological disorder was in my brain. Dr. Reyes was able to use a catheterization to extract the stroke causing clot. Medical technology nowadays is amazing. Dr. Reyes is a godsend.
A month after I suffered my stroke during my follow-up appointment with Dr. Reyes at his Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI) office in Boynton Beach, he took the time to explain thoroughly my ordeal and the care I received.
“We gave you the best technology we have nowadays and you responded really well. We used a mechanical thrombectomy to aspirate the blood clot really quickly,” Dr. Reyes said.
“In Lee’s case, he showed up to the hospital really fast thanks to EMS, and before that, the thinking of the home health aide to call 911 immediately. I think the fact that his body was strong enough for this type of procedure was one of the reasons he did so well. From the time I was able to access his artery and navigate a path for treatment until I pulled the clot out of his brain was just seven minutes. From the time he came in as a stroke alert at Delray Medical Center until we removed the clot took only 46 minutes in total,” said Dr. Reyes.
Up until recently, I walked regularly around my Huntington Lakes community. I spent six days a week working out at the gym in our clubhouse for many years. I guess walking and working out kept me healthy enough to live through a stroke.
“He had a left middle cerebral artery (M1) occlusion and presented with stroke symptoms including paralysis, facial droop and aphasia. His NIH Stroke Scale Score (NIHSS) was 27 when he arrived and higher scores indicate greater severity. He had a NIHSS score of 1 when he was discharged,” said Dr. Reyes.
At 95-years-old, I had my stroke and spent three days in Neurology ICU and two days in a stepdown regular room at Delray Medical Center followed up by rehabilitation on-site at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital located on the same medical campus. I did not think I would live to the age of 95 because during my professional career I worked with radioactive materials at Columbia University in New York City for 39 years. I started as a tech and worked my way up to a position as an officer of the university almost four decades later. After the stroke, my right side was weaker but during rehabilitation, I was able to work to strengthen my core and regain my coordination.
Over thirty years ago, my wife Roslyn and I retired to Delray Beach. In my mind, I thought I would probably live just a few more years. My wife ended up passing away the day before Thanksgiving in 2019. We were married 71-years. It was an amazing marriage. We met on a blind date in 1947 and married in 1948. We were both from Brooklyn, NY. Someone close to us said I treated Roslyn like an empress and it stuck. She was my empress. While I miss Roslyn dearly, I am happy that I received the stroke care from Dr. Reyes and Delray Medical Center. Additionally, I am thankful for my home health aide, Emma, for quickly calling 911 and for EMS and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue transporting me to Delray Medical Center so quickly.
I have a family who really cares about me and we will always be grateful to Dr. Reyes for the treatment he provided to me in saving me from a debilitating stroke.
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