Barley making it out alive.

"I remember, as a child, we were all woken up in the middle of the night. There were people coining into our home. with machine guns. and guns. and we were all held. with guns to our heads," Dr. Fernandez recalled.

Turning down a request to serve in Fidel Castro's government, Dr. Fernandez says his did what he had to do to protect his family.

"My father would not agree with that so when he was offered a fairly high position in the government and refused it, he was put on a liquidation list," Dr. Fernandez said.

Fleeing with his family at age 7, Luis Fernandez would later follow in his father's footsteps to become a physician.

Upon hearing news of Fidel's death last night, Dr. Fernandez went home and took a Cuban flag out of it's display case.

Vowing only to take out the flag when Fidel Castro died, he draped it over his father's belongings, and took a photo with his son holding the empty flag case.

I took it out and got a picture of my son holding the display case and sent it to my mother," Dr. Fernandez said.

Forever thankful for the country he know lives in and will always call home."

"There is reason why everyone wants to come to the United States and despite all of our flaws and differences, it is without a doubt the best country in the world," Dr. Fernandez said.