Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Spirit of the Heart

Stories of Family, Hope, Loss and Healing

By Ismael N. Nuño, MD

Inspired by his exposure to death and the possibility of saving lives from the loss of life, Dr. Nuño shares his experiences. Personal experiences have had major impact on his professional career and personal viewpoint.

In one story, Dr. Nuño shares how his sister stopped breathing and had no pulse, while in flight from California to Paris. He was able to bring her back from the brink of death. Earlier in his life, he had successfully given his father CPR, while on a visit to Mexico.

Yet later, in another personal story, he is unable to revive his own daughter, as she loses her battle with Anorexia Nervosa. In life and death situations, he was able to be there for loved ones, including the final moments of his daughter, and both of his parents.

These personal experiences have made his mission to educate and help people understand the necessity of care, love, and life. Dr. Nuño served in the military during the Gulf War, Walter Reed Medical Center, in Washington, DC, and as the Chief of Cardiac surgery in Los Angeles, CA.


  1. Sounds like a very sad book, especially his daughter.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

    1. It is actually interesting, as it is written from a doctor's view, explaining what motivates him to do what he does. It's inspiring.

  2. This sounds like a good read, as there is conflicting opinion about whether CPR actually saves many lives. This book is a testimony that it definitely can, and yet also shows that we, as humans, cannot save everyone, even sometimes members of our own family. I would like to read this book to see how he deals with both his successes and his loss. I always enjoy a good biography!