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Three Month Old Baby Boy Meets Medical Team That Saved His Mom from a Stroke

November 20th, 2018

Diana Parson and her family have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The 37-year-old Hempstead mother suffered a stroke just six weeks after giving birth to her youngest son Damar. She unknowingly tore her carotid artery during the strain of childbirth. It triggered a potentially deadly blood clot. But thanks to quick thinking medical teams at St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center of Catholic Health Services, Diana made a miraculous recovery and looks forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with her husband and two sons.

Diana said she was getting up to feed her baby on October 7 when she suddenly fell to the floor. Her husband Patrick knew something was terribly wrong. So he drove her to the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre where Dr. Nenad Grlic and Dr. Asra Husain evaluated her and confirmed she had suffered a stroke. They gave Diana an intravenous clot-busting drug called tPA. But after getting no response, they rushed her by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital where doctors repaired her damaged carotid artery and performed a minimally invasive procedure known as a thrombectomy to remove the clot. Diana instantly woke up in what doctors describe as the “Lazarus effect.”

“It was very emotional to see Diana being brought back to life almost instantaneously. Nurses began crying when she woke up,” said Jeffrey Farkas, M.D. Dr. Farkas and his highly specialized team are experts in neurointervention. Guided by x-rays and angiograms, they are able to thread catheters through blood vessels to locate blood clots and dissolve or remove them.

Diana, a home health care aide, who is used to always helping others, can’t express how grateful she is to the medical team that saved her when she was helpless and couldn’t speak. She considers it a blessing to be able to see them again just two days before Thanksgiving in the place where she got a second lease on life. “It’s scary to think what could have happened, but I’m feeling great and just so happy to be here,” says Diana, who looks forward to spending a quiet holiday at home with her family and newborn baby boy.

Photo Caption (L to R): Dr. Jeffrey Farkas, St. Francis Hospital; Dr. Asra Husain, Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Nenad Grlic, Mercy Medical Center; Diana Parson;  Christopher Doughty, Hunter Paramedic; Charissa Middendroff, Hunter EMT; Patrick Gunter (baby Damar in his arms; Dr. Vincent DeOrchis, St. Francis Hospital


About Mercy Medical Center
Celebrating more than 100 years, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And, in recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy has the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy provides comprehensive medical and surgical care and is a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, joint-replacement, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery, in-patient acute rehabilitation, diagnostic and interventional radiology, maternity and newborn services and women’s health. Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Mery is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI.). Contact us at 516-62-MERCY or


About St. Francis Hospital
St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiac disease. St. Francis is ranked one of the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and has earned the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence. A leader in cardiovascular care for more than 50 years, St. Francis Hospital also offers an outstanding program in vascular, prostate, ear-nose-throat (ENT), abdominal, oncologic, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic surgery. St. Francis is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI). Contact us at 1.888.HEART.NY or visit us at