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Gilbert Hernandez, Congenital Heart Patient
Medical Miracles Gala

2015 Gala

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2015 Honoree
Gilbert Hernandez III

Medical Miracles Gala 2015 HonoreeA brand new baby. A pioneering heart surgery. The rest is history.

Gilbert had no idea he was making history 22 years ago. He was just 2 days old when Dr. John Calhoon repaired his heart. It was a complicated procedure that had never been performed on such tiny baby.

"I'm not sure everybody believes it's the right thing to do," was how Dr. Calhoon described the decision.  It was March of 1993, and Dr. Calhoon, serving then as chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at the UT Health Science Center, didn't have a better alternative.

 "They only gave us a 50-50 chance," recalls Gilbert's mother, Maria Hernandez. But they really didn't have a choice. "Take him home and he'll die in a day or two." His father, Gilbert Hernandez II can still hear those words.

That was then.

Now, Gilbert is 22 years old, attending college and interested in broadcasting. 

Watch the video below to hear the rest of Gilbert's remarkable story!

For more information about the Medical Miracles Gala, contact Anna-Melissa Cavazos at 210-358-9860.

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Amegy Bank of Texas
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Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP
Carvajal Pharmacy

Chesney-Morales & Associates
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza
Home Intensive Care Pharmacy
Jimmy Hasslocher/Frontier Enterprises
Intelligent Engineering Services
Joeris General Contractors
Marmon Mok Architecture
Mrs. Edith McAllister
Pamela Otto, MD & Randal Otto, MD
Reyes Automotive Group
The Clorox Sales Co.
The Hartman Family
Trauma Toy Chest
University Transplant Center
UT Medicine
UTHSCSA-Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
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UTHSCSA- Department of Neurology
UTHSCSA- Department of Orthopaedics
UTHSCSA- Department of Radiology
UTHSCSA- Department of Surgery
UT School of Medicine
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WestEast Design Group

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Ralph A. DeFronzo, MD
Garza Bomberger & Associates
Yvonne & Don Gonzales
Jane & Rick Lewis
Morris & Dickson

San Antonio Medical Foundation
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