Medical Assistant Liz Covell (L) and Lori Silva (R) hug at Kaiser before award ceremony.
MODESTO, CA - Medical Assistant Liz Covell of the Modesto Kaiser facility would say she was just doing her job. Lori Silva sees it as far more significant.
"I don't like to sound over dramatic or exaggerate, but she saved my life by doing her job," Silva said. "Thank God she did."
Covell was given an "I saved a life" certificate at Kaiser on Tuesday. Silva was among the small group of spectators at the hospital to honor Covell.
Three years ago, Silva was at Kaiser for allergy issues. As she was on her way out, Covell literally chased Silva down to remind her she was due for a mammogram.
"I came around the corner and saw the room was empty. I knew I had to make the appointment," Covell recalled. "I'm thankful I made that appointment that day."
The mammogram results showed cancer. Before long, Silva was undergoing surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Silva is convinced that Covell's vigilance and the test's early detection helped her battle and survive breast cancer.
by Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org