After Rare Stroke, A Grateful Patient Gives Back

Mass General patient Robert Franco, MD, began giving to the hospital in recognition of the expert team that saved his life after he had a rare stroke.
After Rare Stroke, A Grateful Patient Gives Back
After Rare Stroke, A Grateful Patient Gives Back
After Rare Stroke, A Grateful Patient Gives Back: Dr. Robert Franco (right) and his son.

Ten years ago, Robert Franco, MD, was walking with his wife and three boys in a Tennessee airport when he realized something was not right. He had recently been feeling ill, and at that moment, he could tell something more serious was going on.

He and his family immediately headed to the hospital, where doctors concluded that Dr. Franco had just suffered a rare stroke.

Dr. Franco’s stroke was the culmination of a pre-existing heart condition and “thick blood.” After receiving care in Tennessee, Dr. Franco’s physician referred him to Igor Palacios, MD, at Mass General for further treatment. Dr. Palacios – an internationally recognized expert in cardiology – and his team, were uniquely positioned to study and treat Dr. Franco’s condition. He also received treatment from experts in neurology, blood disorders and internal medicine.

That year, Dr. Franco made his first gift to the MGH Fund in recognition of the life-saving, specialized care he received for his rare stroke at Mass General.

Dr. Franco made his first gift to the MGH Fund in recognition of the lifesaving, specialized care he received for his rare stroke at Mass General.

Prior to his stroke, Dr. Franco spent 15 years as an orthopaedic surgeon focused on sports injuries. He knew the hallmarks of world-class medical care, and saw them demonstrated at Mass General. “The doctors at Mass General are truly experts,” says Dr. Franco. “It’s a large institution, but it is so specialized in each area. The care of the individual is met at a phenomenal level.”

Dr. Franco has continued to generously support the MGH Fund each year and became a member of The 1811 Society in 2011.

Though Dr. Franco and his wife reside in Jacksonville, Fla., they often visit their son who lives in Boston. When they are in town, Dr. Franco visits Mass General and the team that saved his life. “The doctors here are not only competent, but compassionate,” says Dr. Franco. “For me, Mass General is the epitome of what excellent care is about.”