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Story of Boca Regional Patient Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Names one of “Most Inspiring News Stories” from 2014

/ January 12, 2015

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BOCA RATON, FL – January 8, 2015 RELEASE LINK  The remarkable story of “miracle mother” Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro has been named the fifth Most Inspiring News Story of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual listing spotlights “positive news stories that provided a glimmer of hope” in a world otherwise surrounded by chaos, according to the publication.

Ruby had undergone a routine C-section delivery on September 23 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Toppel Family Place when she went into cardiac arrest. A team of over 20 medical professionals from the Hospital worked for three hours to save her. Just when they thought their efforts had failed, Ruby resuscitated spontaneously. The medical staff’s heroic work, coupled with what many consider “divine intervention,” resulted in Ruby’s complete recovery — including no neurological deficits, despite her being pulseless for close to 45 minutes.

The story made headlines across the globe. More than 3,000 media outlets reported Ruby’s story in print and on air, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Telemundo, the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show.

Many have called Ruby’s story the “Second Miracle on Meadows Road.” The first refers to the community-driven founding of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, located at 800 Meadows Road. In 1962, Gloria and Robert Drummond’s children, Debbie and James Randall, were tragically poisoned and died before reaching medical attention 30 minutes away. By 1967, the small community had rallied to open a hospital “of its own” to ensure that area residents would have access to quality healthcare and life-saving emergency care when they needed it the most.

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