Story of Boca Regional Patient Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Named One of "Most Inspiring News Stories" from 2014

Ranked in top five by U.S. News & World Report

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.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the 10th year in a row and was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was also recognized for the third consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013–2014 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area.

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