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July 16th, 2016

Refusing to Give Up After Devastating Accident, A Farmer Finds Help and Healing at Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

When Gene Franke left his farm in rural Hayfield, Minnesota, driving a semi-trailer truck loaded with hay and bound for Oklahoma, he never imagined the return leg of his journey would be as a passenger in an air ambulance jet. But in September 2011, that’s exactly what happened. A serious accident left Gene paralyzed and […]

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Tags: Air Ambulance, Mayo MedAir, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


May 10th, 2016

Love and Determination Help Brennan Get Back on His Feet in Time to Walk Down the Aisle

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Before October 2015, Brennan Farley had never broken a bone in his body. That changed dramatically when a horrific vehicle accident landed the 30-year-old farm worker in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, for two months. Due to Brennan’s extensive injuries, doctors were concerned he might not be able to walk again. But with the […]

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Tags: Critical Care, Emergency Department, General Surgery, Rehabilitation, Trauma


May 16th, 2014

#StrokeMonth: From Victim to Therapist

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

It’s been almost three years since Sean Bretz collapsed. Unbeknownst to the then 23-year-old U.S. Coast Guardsman, a giant aneurysm had burst in his brain, causing a massive stroke. “His prognosis was grim,” neurosurgeon Rabih Tawk, M.D., recalls. “We used every technology available to help him.” Despite complications and issues, which required him to be induced into […]

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Tags: Aneurysm, bretz, Dr. Rabih Tawk, Rehabilitation, Sean Bretz, stroke, stroke center, therapy


February 14th, 2014

Transitional Care Team Helps Sandy Dyson Get Back on the Dance Floor

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

If Proud Mary is playing, Sandy Dyson wants to be dancing. But last spring, it looked like Dyson’s dancing days might be behind her. After knee replacement surgery, the 71-year-old Kennebec, S.D., resident was in so much pain that just walking seemed like punishment. Thanks to a “wickedly good team” of rehabilitation specialists in the Mayo […]

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Tags: Josh Berndt, Knee Replacement, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, Patient Stories, Rehabilitation, Sandy Dyson, Transitional Care


October 4th, 2013

Mark Gilbertson 2.0 – Putting the Pieces Together Again

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

After a terrible accident left him barely alive and in need of major reconstruction, Mark Gilbertson found the right team at Mayo Clinic to help piece things back together again. He shares his story below.   My name is Mark Gilbertson, and here’s my story. I am originally from Brainerd, Minn. I joined the Air […]

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Tags: 3888, 5146, 5297, 5308, 5335, dental implants, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Kevin Arce, jaw surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, otorhinolaryngology


September 29th, 2012

Finding Hope in Small Strides

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Since a devastating football injury, Chris Norton has taken steady steps toward recovery through determination, faith and a strong support network. Now, he’s reaching out to help others with spinal-cord injuries.  On a Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, while making a tackle in a Luther College football game, Chris Norton’s life changed dramatically. It was clear […]

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Tags: 5320, 5335, Chris Norton, Courage in Sports, Luther College, Mayo Clinic, Rehabilitation, SCI CAN, Spinal Cord


January 13th, 2011

C.A.N. Do Anything

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

On October 16, 2010, Chris Norton, a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, was playing in a varsity football game when a special teams play left him with a fractured neck and compressed spinal cord. The incident resulted in him having no feeling below the area. After surgery, the physicians at Mayo Clinic informed […]

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Tags: 5292, 5308, 5335, CAN, Chris Norton, Football, injury, inspirational, Luther College, Mayo Clinic, Rehabilitation, St. Marys Hospital


March 23rd, 2009

“We’re calling it ‘Planet Mayo,’ it’s so unlike any other medical institution”

By Catherine Benson catherine benson

Albert and Mary Errato came to Mayo Clinic in February 2009 when Mary was facing another major operation. After a series of infections and complications, Mary’s foot had been amputated in 2007 at an orthopedic hospital in New York City. She was scheduled for another operation, this time to possibly extend the amputation from mid-calf, […]

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Tags: 5299, 5308, amputation, Amputee, Charter House, Errato, Mayo Clinic, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitiation, Physical Therapy, Planet Mayo, PM&R


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