Doctor reunited with Miami-Dade rescuers who saved his life

NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A doctor who collapsed in his home four months ago was reunited with the emergency responders who saved his life, Friday.

In August, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue first responders found Dr. Carlos Corrales’ collapsed on the floor of his home in Northeast Miami-Dade. Their quick actions that day might have saved the doctor’s life, and now he’s thanking them.

“Thank you, brothers, thank you. Because of them, I’m able to give this interview and move my left side,” Corrales said. “These are my brothers from now on.”

First responder Keith Bell remembered finding Corrales in poor condition that day. “He was really bad,” he said. “He actually couldn’t talk to us at one point, and his wife was very hysterical.”

Victor Romero said Corrales exhibited symptoms of a stroke. “Came in as a stroke, and the gentleman was obviously having stroke symptoms,” he said.

Every second mattered for the members of Engine 63 that day.

Asked whether he is usually the one saving lives, Corrales said, “Absolutely. Well, God saved their lives through me, not me. I’m only His instrument. They were my brothers, brought down by the Holy Spirit to be able to save me.”

As a doctor, Corrales understands what the responders had to do that day. “You have to make sure that it’s not a heart attack or low blood sugar or a hypertensive crisis” he said, “and they are the ones that diagnosed me and realized that it was an acute stroke.”

Engine 63 member Elie Cadet was happy to see Corrales was healthy. “It’s very rewarding. We don’t get to see a lot of the end results of what we do on the streets, so something like this is very rewarding,” he said.

The fast-acting work by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue saved Corrales’ life, and he’s forever grateful.

“Thanks, God, for bringing these guys into my life,” Corrales said.

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