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Medical System(s) at work for Dr. Hernandez (a personal testimonial)

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, December 7, 2013

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THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON/ God works in mysterious ways etc.”
18 months ago the thought of relocating to Mexico solidified for personal reasons. Not sure if it was a foolish or a brave move. But since I got here things were either “SINK or SWIM” as far as my business goes.
But being allowed to practice medicine here really has allowed me to more tightly control a lot of what goes on in the course of my patients’ care and it gives both them and I more options to take into consideration.

Turning the clock forward 18 months, and following the medical principles and adhering to the U.S. Medical norms I was taught I can say that I am pleased to say that the best of both countries(medically speaking) allowed me to diagnose and get treatment for a person who is my hero, MY FATHER, in a timely manner before anything catastrophic happened to him.

He is a SNOW BIRD and came down with me. Being able to use the DIAGNOSTIC LABS so freely in Guadalajara (thanks to RIO CLINIC) it allowed me to diagnose a carotid artery that was so clogged up with a cholesterol plaque (U.S. recommendation is SURGERY AT THIS POINT) that I quickly got him on the right track for treatment. He has MEDICARE and since I still have the contacts in the Chicago area (my BFF Dr. Ivan Lopez of ProHEALTH medical clinic in Aurora, IL) we were able to get him in the hands of one of the best vascular surgeons in the Chicagoland area. Vanessa Luquin helped out so much as well. Thanks.

The tools and medical technology that are available for physicians down here in Mexico are on par with those in the U.S. and I have confirmed this with my own father. Often a physician in the U.S. or Canada will need to repeat those studies(due to malpractice) but it only confirms what we find here.

I spoke with my dad in his hospital room at Elmhurst Hospital in Chicago. He’s doing well after his surgery yesterday. He will be released this evening. Needless to say that this Christmas will be especially happy for our family.
And I will be especially thankful and reflective upon the course of events that led me to be where I am today and have allowed me to work in the manner which I do and have thus allowed me to prevent my dad from getting a major stroke.

If I wasn’t practicing where I am and in the manner I am the outcome could’ve been very different.

Comments

  • John de Waal says:

    September 11, 2016

    Hi Dr Hernandez:
    Just want to congratulate you with your method of reaching out to expats in this area. We have not yet used your services because we are satisfied with the medical help we have, although these are rather specialized (mine is a heart specialist who put three stents into my coronary arteries, my wife is a pain specialist who has her on morphine for an occipital neuralgia , both are in Guadalajara). While we both seem healthy otherwise, I wonder if we should see you in a general sense. Incidentally, I spend almost 12 years working with interns and residents at CCH on behalf of Bristol Myers’ Mead Johnson div. in the 70’s. Regards, JD

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