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Updated: 11/15/2017 11:08:10AM

‘I’m going to die.’

‘No, you’re not.’

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SUN PHOTO BY BOB MUDGE

Jennifer Simon, was working at Venice Regional Bayfront Health in May when she started feeling ill. A test ordered by Dr. Sekhar Motkar detected an often-fatal condition that necessitated complicated emergency surgery that still didn't guarantee survival.

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Dr. Roberto Cervera performed a life-saving procedure on Jennifer Simon to fix a condition he said 90 percent of heart surgeons will never encounter.

SUN PHOTO BY BOB MUDGE

Jennifer Simon was working at Venice Regional Bayfront Health in May when she started feeling ill. A test ordered by Dr. Sekhar Motkar detected an often-fatal condition that necessitated complicated emergency surgery that still didn't guarantee survival.

By BOB MUDGE

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Being on the job helped save Jennifer Simon’s life.

So did Sekhar Motkar, an internal medicine doctor at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) who just knew there had to be an explanation for the sudden, intense chest pain she’d experienced earlier in the day but that had gone away.

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