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Jul 26, 2017

Spinal Surgery Saves Teen Swimmer's Mobility

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When the position of his spine unexpectedly changed, 13-year-old Albert Mansour was unable to walk without discomfort. Using a unique surgical approach, Mayo Clinic surgeons were able to successfully repair Albert's spine and relieve his pain. [...]
Spinal Surgery Saves Teen Swimmer's Mobility
Jul 24, 2017

Better Communication Paves the Way for Dramatic Change in Carolyn Ostrout's Health

By Linda Binner @lsbinner
Plagued by symptoms of cirrhosis and unclear communication, Carolyn Ostrout found her health was failing. But a visit to Mayo Clinic that included working with an American Sign Language interpreter led the way to a liver transplant and dramatic improvement in her health.  [...]
Better Communication Paves the Way for Dramatic Change in Carolyn Ostrout's Health
Jul 21, 2017

Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. [...]
Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny
Jul 19, 2017

Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family. [...]
Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor
Jul 17, 2017

The Sky's the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future. [...]
The Sky's the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant
Jul 14, 2017

Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures. [...]
Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future
Jul 12, 2017

Mesothelioma Patient Finds Complex, Comprehensive Answer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A frightening diagnosis of mesothelioma brought Sally Kirkvold to Mayo Clinic. To her great relief, the prompt and thorough care she received put the cancer into remission, allowing her to turn her attention back to normal life. [...]
Mesothelioma Patient Finds Complex, Comprehensive Answer
Jul 11, 2017

From Living on One Meal a Day to a Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Bucking tradition and her mother's wishes, Salma Patel, M.D., traveled to the U.S. from Tanzania with just $500 to cover her college costs. Through hard work and determination, Dr. Patel became what she had dreamed of being. She shares her story here. [...]
From Living on One Meal a Day to a Fellowship at Mayo Clinic
Jul 5, 2017

A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Yasmin Mullings found out she needed a heart transplant, she wasn't sure she could go through with it. But with support and encouragement from her Mayo Clinic care team, Yasmin successfully navigated the transplant. Today, with a healthy heart, she's back to her active life. [...]
A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride
Jul 3, 2017

Saving Dave Boyett’s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that. [...]
Saving Dave Boyett’s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber
Jun 28, 2017

Saving Justin's Vision After a Harrowing Injury

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A horrific accident put Justin Mundt's vision in peril. But despite his severe injury, quick assessment and care at Mayo Clinic preserved Justin's sight.  [...]
Saving Justin's Vision After a Harrowing Injury
Jun 26, 2017

Florida Realtor's Remarkable Recovery After Paralyzing Injury

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A debilitating illness left Bonne Jones paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors were unsure if she would walk again. But expert surgery at Mayo Clinic, coupled with Bonne's fierce determination, put her back in stride. [...]
Florida Realtor's Remarkable Recovery After Paralyzing Injury
Jun 23, 2017

Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Six years ago, increased fatigue led Matt Rohrer to Mayo Clinic, where doctors told him his heart’s mitral valve had a severe leak. Today, after robot-assisted heart surgery, Matt is back to enjoying his busy family lifestyle. [...]
Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life
Jun 20, 2017

Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old Dynamo

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Comprehensive treatment at Mayo Clinic, coupled with a can-do attitude, helps Nanci Sills navigate a difficult cancer diagnosis. [...]
Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old Dynamo
Jun 16, 2017

Flashback: 1939 — Lou Gehrig Comes to Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with ALS in the 1930s, the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig not only got the answers he was seeking at Mayo Clinic, he left an enduring mark on the health care organization that still lingers today. [...]
Flashback: 1939 — Lou Gehrig Comes to Mayo Clinic
Jun 15, 2017

Coordination Helps Jim Kissinger Get the Comprehensive Care He Needs

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Trying to manage a variety of serious medical conditions on his own was a daunting task. But now, thanks to his Mayo Clinic Health System care coordinator, Jim Kissinger has a knowledgeable partner to turn to when he needs some help. [...]
Coordination Helps Jim Kissinger Get the Comprehensive Care He Needs
Jun 12, 2017

Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with a severe heart condition, Hal Stahl turned to Mayo Clinic, where an expert on the rare disease offered Hal a unique treatment alternative that made all the difference. [...]
Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder
Jun 9, 2017

Young Mom’s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Sarah Bradley's heart failed when she was only 27 years old. Today, after more than two years living with the assistance of a device that kept her blood flowing and her health stable, she’s the grateful recipient of a new heart. [...]
Young Mom’s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart
Jun 6, 2017

From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After receiving a surprising diagnosis, Patty Brown navigated her multiple myeloma treatment with support, guidance and care from her Mayo Clinic team — and a few pancakes. [...]
From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
Jun 2, 2017

Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with advanced liver cancer, Mark Turnbull had few treatment options. But physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System offered a unique approach to radiation therapy that slowed the cancer's growth and extended Mark's life expectancy. [...]
Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression
Jun 1, 2017

College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Throughout surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer, Polly Browne knew she could rely on the expertise of her multidisciplinary health care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. [...]
College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team
May 26, 2017

The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn't derail Robert Gall's liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life.  [...]
The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop
May 25, 2017

A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found a solution that put him on the road to recovery. [...]
A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix
May 22, 2017

From the Foothills of the Himalayas to the Mecca of Modern Medicine

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Dr. Tsering Dhondup came to Mayo Clinic on a route that took him through India and Tibet. Today, as a nephrology fellow, his rich life experiences are helping him make the most of his training at Mayo Clinic. [...]
From the Foothills of the Himalayas to the Mecca of Modern Medicine
May 19, 2017

Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it's not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she's working to help others learn more about the disease. [...]
Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate
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