A routine check-up with her doctor led Angelique Silva to finally face the problems that held her back in life.
Gladys Madera, a Bronx grandmom, faced an unexpected crisis when her asthma-like chest pains were diagnosed as a heart condition.
Shaila Chowdhury has two requests at her prenatal checkups: to have her husband present and be examined by a female doctor.
As she battled breast cancer, Patricia Rodriguez found no support groups for Spanish-speaking cancer patients. So, she started one at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.
When Ayvah was born prematurely, she weighed less than two pounds. Doctors said she had a 50 percent chance of survival.
After retired history teacher Joel White fell and hit his head, he thought the injury would heal on its own. Five days later, he was in a medically-induced coma.