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June 23, 2012

Dear Dr. Kennedy,

My name is Drew Jakubowski.  I met you Saturday night (June 23) at Franklin General Hospital Emergency Room.  You attended to my father Andrew, who at the time thought he was having a gallbladder attack.  You were the one who saw possible heart problems and pushed to have him transferred to Manhasset, which we then alternated to Winthrop. 

I just wanted to take this time to sincerely thank you for all you did for my father.  My family believes you are a main reason why he is still with us today.  You were correct in your assessment that he was having heart problems.  It ends up, what he thought were gallbladder attacks in the past were probably heart issues, and the cardiologists at Winthrop, namely Dr. Donahue, think my father suffered a massive heart attack a week prior to last Saturday night.  They were able to catherize him that night when we finally arrived at Winthrop, and placed a balloon pump into his heart to help ease the stress on his working heart and help remove the fluid building up.  He is doing well, even with apparently one artery completely blocked and dead tissue in that portion of his front wall.  He has moved out of ICU and is looking at possibly coming home in a few days.

Point blank, YOU SAVED HIS LIFE!!!   Had he been continued to be treated for the gallbladder, I don’t know that we would still have our father with us.  I don’t know if I can properly express to you the gratitutde and gratefulness my entire family feels toward you.  I truly wish I could express how much you and your actions mean to us.  We lost our mother five years ago to a sudden fatal heart attack, and we understand how dangerously close we came to reliving our past.

Again, no words could ever thank you for what you have done and mean to our family.  We are forever indebted to you!  I have forwarded a copy of this letter to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.  I hope they appreciate it as much as we do!


Drew Jakubowski

Family member of patient seen in the ER