“Dr. Vasquez came along and rescued me and beat the heck out of my chest and got me here and saved my life,” Russo said. “Thank God he decided to stop.” “Absolutely it’s a miracle, absolutely without a doubt. I recognize I’m an agent for God maybe, but it wasn’t his time,” Vazquez said. According to Vazquez, Russo had a blocked artery to the left side of his heart.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL – On Nov. 25, 2018 Jody Russo was bicycling on Ocean Drive on Singer Island when he had a heart attack and collapsed on the side of the road. He stopped breathing and was turning blue. Fortunately, physician Dr. Ramon Vazquez was driving by. He stopped and quickly started doing CPR on Russo until paramedics arrived. After undergoing surgery, Russo spent several days recovering at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He was released Thursday and is completely fine. Russo says Dr. Vazquez was in the right place at the right time.
“Dr. Vasquez came along and rescued me and beat the heck out of my chest and got me here and saved my life,” Russo said. “Thank God he decided to stop.”
“Absolutely it’s a miracle, absolutely without a doubt. I recognize I’m an agent for God maybe, but it wasn’t his time,” Vazquez said.
According to Vazquez, Russo had a blocked artery to the left side of his heart. Such conditions, he says, are often fatal.
“Usually, people don’t make it with that type of cardiac condition,” said Teresa Urquhart, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO. “We do phenomenal things and we save peoples’ lives and make a huge difference to the people in our community, and I’m very proud of that.”
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Dr. Ramon Vazquez is a renowned general and vascular surgeon with over twenty years of experience in providing superior outcomes. In addition to his considerable expertise in endovascular care, he has extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures.
Dr. Vazquez earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After earning his degree, he completed his residency in general surgery Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/John Hopkins affiliate and vascular surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
A Palm Beach Gardens resident, Dr. Vazquez continues to practice general and vascular surgery, and is closely affiliated with hospitals in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast Area.
Harvard University B.A. Biochemistry 1982
Albert Einstein College of Medicine M.D. 1986
American College of Surgeons 1993
American College of Surgeons (recertified) 2006
Surgicare of Boca 1993
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center 2002
Wellington Regional Medical Center 2006
Saint Mary’s Medical Center 2010
Good Samaritan Hospital 2010
Bethesda Memorial Hospital East & West 2013
Luice Medical Center 2014
Park Creek Surgery Center 2015
Delray Surgery Center 2016
As a miVIP Surgery Centers physician, Dr. Vazquez uses the latest state-of-the-art surgical technology to meet the health and wellness needs of Floridians seeking expert care.