LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – James Romero survived a major heart attack and wanted to find a unique way to express his gratitude to the doctor and nurses who saved his life. Registered Nurse Stephanie Sumpter, Christus St. Patrick hospital, worked to keep Romero comfortable and pain-free during the recovery. She works twelve or even sixteen hour shifts, but still likes to keep a smile on her face for every patient.
"The healing process needs a positive attitude an uplifting attitude to get them through one of the most difficult times in their life," said Sumpter.
Romero says the positive attitude made all the difference and helped him get back on his feet faster. To say thanks to all the nurses and doctors James fashioned a special T-shirt with a heart covered by a band aid.
"I can't go to them individually and express how I feel so I just wanted to tell them thanks and that's the only way that I knew to do it," explained Romero. The shirt is a big hit at the hospital.
"To see them come back with a smile, hugs…the warm thank you from the family to the patient that's what it's about," said Sumpter.
Romero is still recovering, and uses any excuse to tell his story.