Valley doctor, mom’s guidance from beyond help woman through crisis

October 08, 2015

By Dennis McCarthy, LA Daily News 

Mayank Patel, M.D., and patient Sandra Colmenares
Providence Tarzana Medical Center urologist Mayank Patel, M.D., and patient Sandra Colmenares. Dr. Patel performed a partial nephrectomy, removing part of one kidney, and leaving her kidney function uncompromised. While this minimally invasive high technology provides precision as well as less pain, tiny incisions and quicker recovery, it was not the physician’s skill so much as his compassion for Sandra and her family that earned him “angel” status from sister Armida Colmenares-Stafford. (Courtesy Photo)

The white coat came off when Dr. Mayank Patel met Sandra Comanares.

To this sweet 47-year-old woman with the mental acumen of a 5-year-old, that white coat represented her mother’s tears every time they left another doctor’s office together through the years.

The news was never good, and her mommy, as she still calls her today, would cry for her little girl born with cerebral palsy. How Sandra feared and hated that white coat that caused her mother so much sadness.

Dr. Patel understood. The Providence Tarzana Medical Center urologist walked to his office closet and returned with a sports coat on, smiling as Sandra visibly relaxed.

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