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College Student Overcomes Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

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 [...]

Created by Susana Shephard

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

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 [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

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 [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

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

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 [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

The Team Behind Team Lola

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 [...]

Created by Hoyt Finnamore

For One Couple, Expert Neurology Care Makes All the Difference

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 [...]

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Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

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 [...]

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The Decision to Save a Stranger’s Life

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.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNJz-T5R9FA The shortage of deceased donor organs has reached a crisis, with almost [...]

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