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March 23rd, 2016

Sarcoma Diagnosis Proves to be a Blessing for Young Mom

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Growing up on a farm in central Florida, Paige Douglas enjoyed a unique childhood, caring for a menagerie of animals, horseback riding, even barrel racing at local rodeos. But, when she was 10, Paige inadvertently hit her left knee while bouncing on a trampoline. Though she had no visible cuts, pain radiated up and down […]

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Tags: Dr. Courtney Sherman, Dr. Peter Murray, Dr. Steven Attia, Florida Campus, Paige Douglas, Patient Story, sarcoma, synovial sarcoma


April 1st, 2015

Dialysis Patient Stays Active, Sets New Life Goals While Awaiting a Kidney Transplant

By Paul Scotti pscotti

If you’re diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be easy to get down and wonder why this is happening to you and how will it affect your future goals and dreams. For 57-year-old Jim McGarry of Fruit Cove, Florida, a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease that has required him to go on dialysis three days a week while […]

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Tags: Dr. Floyd Willis, Dr. Peter Fitzpatrick, Florida Campus, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Patient Story


June 26th, 2014

College Student Overcomes Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

In her early 20s, Erin Ayub has big plans. As a college student in El Paso, Texas, she is also a musician and aspiring writer. She had to put her plans on hold for a bit while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic in Arizona due to a rare illness — anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. […]

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Tags: Arizona, encephalitis, Erin Ayub, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Story


June 20th, 2014

Patient with “Double Trouble” Diagnosis Finds Answers at Mayo Clinic

By Paul Scotti pscotti

Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a serious blood cancer, is difficult enough to accept. But being told that you also have a rare hematologic condition called amyloidosis — a disorder that could prevent you from receiving the bone marrow transplant necessary to combat your myeloma — could put anyone’s strength to the test. Such was the case […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, BMT, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Taimur Sher, Kendall Schwindt, kidney, MayoClinicFL, multiple myeloma, nephrology, Patient Story


May 14th, 2014

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

By Paul Scotti pscotti

To 22-year-old double lung transplant recipient Curtis Higgons, being dubbed the “miracle patient” by his physicians may seem somewhat overstated. But when you consider the medical challenges his doctors had to contend with in preparing him for a life-saving double lung transplant, his moniker may be well deserved. Curtis was born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited […]

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Tags: Curtis Higgons, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Florida, Patient Story, transplantation


April 30th, 2014

She Was Born with Two Holes in Her Heart and No One Knew

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Lung transplant brings unexpected answers to 27-year-old Ileana Hernandez was born with two holes in her heart. But for 27 years, no one knew. Hernandez, a computer systems engineer, worked long hours at her job with Bank of America in Jacksonville, Fla. She had transferred from her native Mexico because of her particular set of […]

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Tags: Cesar Keller, Eisenmenger syndrome, Ileana Hernandez, MayoClinicFL, Patient Story


April 2nd, 2014

The Team Behind Team Lola

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Most 13-year-old girls wouldn’t see having a scar down the middle of their chests as cool. Lola Montilla, however, is not your average 13-year-old girl. When she looks at the scar on her chest from the surgery she had at Mayo Clinic to repair the Ebstein’s anomaly heart defect she was born with, she says […]

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Tags: Atrial Septum Defect, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Ebstein's Anomaly, Heart & Heart Surgery, Patient Story


January 30th, 2014

For One Couple, Expert Neurology Care Makes All the Difference

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

In one brief statement, Barbara Smith can sum up the impact that the staff in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona had on her and her husband as they faced several difficult and frightening medical problems: “They are our life-changing heroes.”  For 40 years, seizures were just part of life for Barbara. […]

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Tags: 2859, 2868, 5169, 5265, 5292, 5294, 5333, Cancer, Dr. Katherine Noe, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


November 25th, 2013

Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

When Ernesto Boleaga learned that he needed a kidney transplant, the perfect donor, his identical twin brother, Jose Luis, was ready and willing to help. And because the Boleagas have the same genetic make-up, Ernesto’s body accepted Jose Luis’ kidney as its own. For most patients, however, an identical twin donor isn’t an option, and […]

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Tags: 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Patient Story, Regenerative Medicine, stem cell transplant, Transplant


November 20th, 2013

The Decision to Save a Stranger’s Life

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

A patient in need of transplant touches Dr. Phil Fischer’s heart and prompts him to explore living donation. As a result, a patient in need of a kidney lives on, enjoying her grandchildren, golfing and dancing.   The shortage of deceased donor organs has reached a crisis, with almost 120,000 people in need of a […]

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Tags: 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Phil Fischer, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Patient Story, Transplant


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