May 21, 2019 by Carla Duenas
Getting ‘Back on the Air’ After Hip Fracture (VIDEO)
For more than five decades, Martha Flores has been known as “La Reina de la Noche” (The Queen of the Night) for her evening talk show on Miami’s AM radio station Radio Mambi. Ms. Flores is a pioneer in South Florida’s radio history, beginning her career in 1959 at WMIE, Miami’s first Spanish-language station.
Ms. Flores prides herself on serving the community through her nightly broadcasts, but a recent fall put her show on hold. She was getting ready to head to the radio station when she slipped and fell in her kitchen; she felt a pain in her hip but still drove herself to the studio and did her show. The next day, the pain was still there so she realized she needed to be seen by a specialist.
(Following a physical therapy regimen after surgery helped Martha Flores recover from her hip fracture.)
The next morning Ms. Flores met Lauren E. Crocco, M.D., an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine institute. Dr. Crocco determined that Ms. Flores had a femoral neck fracture (a hip fracture where the ball meets he shaft of the femur). Later that afternoon, Ms. Flores was in surgery and Dr. Crocco was able to successfully repair the fracture.
Dr. Crocco calls Ms. Flores an “exceptional patient” who was “back on the air” just two weeks after surgery.
The Baptist Health South Florida News team talks to Ms. Flores and Dr. Crocco about the experience. Watch now.