Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

Marry me please: an inspiring story of regaining speech for love

Feb 13, 2018

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we are remembering some of the wonderful love stories that we have witnessed at Providence Healthcare. One of our favourite stories involves Fernando Gomez and Diana Marquez.

Fernando experienced a stroke in November, 2015. After two weeks in an acute care hospital, Fernando was transferred to recover in our Stroke and Neuro Rehab program at Providence. His journey of learning and relearning began.

It quickly became obvious to everyone here that Fernando and his childhood sweetheart and constant visitor, Diana Marquez, were destined to spend their lives together. What was particularly special for his therapists was that they would play a role in making that happen!

The focus of Fernando’s therapy was on improving his quality of life. His care team took the time to understand him and his personal story. They supported Fernando as he set the rehab goals that would motivate him throughout his time at Providence and into his future.

One of Fernando’s goals was to regain his speech so he could propose to Diana. His speech language pathologist Vibhuti Jethava tailored his sessions to get him ready. When the time came, Fernando got down on one knee and said to Diana: “Marry me please”. And he said it perfectly!

Diana was overwhelmed with joy and that joy quickly spread across Providence, touching all of us.

In fact, the Foundation staff were so moved that we asked Fernando and Diana to be guest speakers at our annual Cuisine & Cuvée event last spring. Their story charmed everyone in the room and helped guests understand why we are all so proud to work at Providence!

Learn more here about this year’s Cuisine & Cuvée gourmet food and drink event, happening on April 20.

We know Fernando and Diana will have a wonderful life together. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, consider these words from Diana:

“I have learned more from this experience we have shared together, than I ever imagined possible. I have learned to be patient. To be kinder. To say ‘sorry’. To love deeper. And to really focus on what matters – each other.”