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October 30, 2017

Rough Beginnings, Now Running: 12-year-old’s Dream Comes True

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After a heart transplant and two months of cardiovascular rehabilitation, Mischa Melby has finally joined her classmates out on the playground.

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Tags: Cardiovascular health clinic, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program


October 6, 2017

From Surviving to Thriving, Thanks to the Pain Rehabilitation Center

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Marissa Koscielski’s back injuries led to chronic pain that eventually forced her into a wheelchair. Participating in Mayo Clinic’s pediatric pain rehabilitation program helped her overcome the pain and put her back on her feet.

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Tags: Pain Rehabilitation Center, Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program


July 14, 2017

Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

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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.

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Tags: Dr. Christina Chen, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Dr. Sheri Crow, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, pediatric neurology


April 13, 2017

Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

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To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. David Daniels, Family Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery


February 3, 2017

Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

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It’s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old’s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He’s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he’ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Denise Klinkner, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Emergency medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


November 8, 2016

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

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The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she had just begun high school. Most of the faculty and staff at Stewartville High School didn’t know how to respond to Tehya’s condition. The school nurse recognized what had happened, however. The nurse explained it to Tehya when she regained consciousness from her tonic-clonic […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Katherine Nickels, Epilepsy


October 11, 2016

Teen Finds a Positive Way Forward After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis

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When he was born 13 years ago, Connor Johnson was a “miracle baby,’ according to his parents. Kathleen and Curtiss Johnson had struggled for years to become and stay pregnant. They had given up hope, when they discovered they were nearly four months along. The miracle of Connor’s life took on new poignancy in the […]

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Tags: Dr. Amulya Nageswara Rao, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, medulloblastoma, Proton Beam Therapy


August 3, 2016

Healing Baby Lucas’ Heart With His Own Cells

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Jennifer Gutman calls the day doctors diagnosed her youngest son, Lucas, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome the worst day of her life. The severe heart defect, sometimes referred to as HLHS, was uncovered during what Jennifer and her husband, Brian, thought would be a routine ultrasound. The startling news brought immediate fears for Lucas’ future. Determined to help Lucas, Jennifer’s sister-in-law, a […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Timothy Nelson, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Karen Miller, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Regenerative Medicine, Research


July 23, 2016

‘All We Want Is for Evie to Reach 100 Percent of Her Potential’

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The night before 8-year-old Evie McLeish’s brain surgery, her Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon David Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., told her parents, “I don’t want you to think of this as the end. This is just the beginning of a marathon.” The procedure was the start of Evie’s long-term care plan for treatment of a brain tumor. Along […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. David Daniels, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Medullablastoma, Proton Beam Therapy


July 8, 2016

Desperate for Relief From Pain, Teen Considered Amputation. Today, He’s Back on Both Feet

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When he was 16 years old, Connor Bleakley asked his father, David, if he could have his foot amputated. David thought it was probably a good idea. By that point, Connor had lived with severe pain in his foot and ankle for years. He had gone through numerous treatments to relieve the discomfort, with little […]

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Tags: Dr. Tracy Harrison, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program


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