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Carol Caruthers

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Rating: 5

Back in the summer of 2007, I suffered a stroke and was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Burlington, NJ. I am told - and from hospital records and hospital prsonnel - that I was in a coma for several days, and that there was some question about what permanent physical damage there migh be to my ability to walk, talk, and the like - needing physical rehabilitation to recover.There was a Nurse at my side almost throughout. Her name is Bernadette Jackson - the Parish Nurse at Assumption Church [now Christ the Redeemer-Assumption Parish] here in Atco, Camden County, NJ, as well as a Nursing Supervisor at Lourdes Hospital. When I woke up, Bernadette was there - standing at my feet and smiling down at my bedside. She asked me whether I knew who she was, and I replied - 'Of course I do. Your the Nurse from Assumption Church in Atco.' That did it. She smiled even more and said that I would be alright. Then she touched my toes to see if there was any reaction, and there was. I owe my survival for the last 4 1/2 years to Our Lady of Lourdes Hosputal and to Bernadette Jackson, MSN. In fact, I did subsequently nominated her for a March of Dimes [NJ] Nurse of the Year Award. She received what amounts to an Honorable Mention in November, 2011 for all this. She is now at Kennedy Hospital, Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ. Thank you one and all.