November 23, 2017

Eric Nguyen and Dr. Lawrence

Houston, Texas – Nov. 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving…a time to show gratitude and appreciation to those who have influenced your life, those who have inspired your life and those who SAVED your life?

Seven months after being rushed by ambulance, 23-year old Eric Nguyen reunited with physicians who saved his life. Katan Patel, emergency room physician was the first doctor to see Eric when he arrived at HCA Houston Healthcare West. Eric was pulseless and unresponsive.

Photo (right): Dr. Patel and Eric Nguyen

“It’s not very often we get to see people survive and recover from a condition like Eric’s, it’s quite humbling” emergency medicine physician Dr. Patel said. “We have a fantastic staff and team committed to quality care. He was very fortunate.”

Eric gave a hug to internal medicine physician Dr. Vernon Lawrence who during his hospital stay had the difficult conversation with his family advising they prepare for the worst-case scenario. “Eric has changed the way I practice medicine, it’s truly a miracle,” Dr. Lawrence said, “He has changed my perspective, I was so happy to hear he was here and I had to see him for myself.”

Given a second chance at life, Eric plans to use his experience to inspire children and reassure them where there is hope and you can accomplish anything. He said, “I know he chose me, whatever you may believe in, things may change. I wasn’t very religious before but after this experience it has made me believe that God is real.”

Photo (left): Dr. Patel, Eric and Mr. Nguyen

Eric’s father, Thieu Nguyen found his son unresponsive in April when he called 911 and was at Eric’s bedside every day during his stay at HCA Houston Healthcare West. “I was able to see everyone work so hard, the staff and doctors have another level of passion for their patients, they love them like family,” Mr. Nguyen said, “We can’t forget the people who gave their effort to help my son. I will be forever grateful to this team of experts: Dr. Patel, Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Moualla as well as the wonderful nurses. They did what was best for my son. HCA Houston Healthcare West is fortunate to have men and women of such caliber. I know they saved my son’s life.”



Photo (above): Dr Lawrence with Eric's Father


About HCA Houston Healthcare West

HCA Houston Healthcare West is a full-service hospital serving the West Houston community for over 30 years. This Joint Commission accredited facility provides a range of care including emergency services; neurosurgery services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic services; bariatric/weight loss surgery; wound care; sleep disorder services; cardiovascular care; woman’s services and more. WHMC is recognized by the Joint Commission as a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is a recipient of the TMF Quality Improvement Award. Under an affiliation agreement with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, WHMC brings the West Houston community The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston, a 3-story cardiac and critical care tower. In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trance and Sugar Lakes exit. The diagnostic center and cancer center facilities are department of HCA Houston Healthcare West. Visit our website at WestHoustonMedical.com

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas.  Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include:  17 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 10 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius.  For more information, visit www.HCAGulfCoast.com.