Pictured are Dr. Israel Jacobowitz with Georgine and Juan Sotus, several weeks after Juan had surgery that changed the course of his life forever. The story began in their native Puerto Rico where Juan, a former lawyer, was diagnosed with terminal heart disease, compounded by Parkinson’s disease. In fact, Juan’s doctors recommended hospice care for him. Despite his ailments, his family refused to give up on him. Georgine’s research paid off when she learned about the breakthroughs in care at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute in Brooklyn, New York. A family friend advised her to seek out the expertise of renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Israel Jacobowitz at Maimonides. By the time Juan arrived in Brooklyn, he was a complete invalid with shortness of breath so severe that he could not walk or speak. Dr. Jacobowitz performed a complex surgery that repaired three heart valves under one anesthesia. Juan tolerated the surgery well, and began his road to recovery with physical therapy and rehabilitative services. Dr. Jacobowitz recently declared that Juan, who is now walking and talking again, was ready to fly back home to begin a new chapter of his life. Learn more about breakthrough care at Maimonides by visiting our website at www.maimonidesmed.org/heart.