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September 15, 2022

Mold reshapes baby Adelyn’s ‘different’ ear

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Parents usually gush over a newborn’s cute little fingers, toes, nose and ears as they get to know their baby. Lindsey and Michael were no exception when they welcomed their daughter, Adelyn, in March. The couple, along with big sister, McKenzie, were thrilled with her arrival and admired her personality and features. “She is a […]

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Tags: Dr. Susan Pearson, ear deformity, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, otolaryngology


September 8, 2022

Surprise wedding shower 1,000 miles from home

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Every day, people receive cancer care in the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. While administering chemo, radiation or preparing a patient for surgery, the care team is quick to provide a listening ear, warm hugs, blankets and caring smiles for patients. In July, the care team […]

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Tags: bone cancer, Dr. Scott Okuno, Osteosarcoma, Thresa Pattee


August 4, 2022

Beat goes on for drummer with calcific tendonitis

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

In his day job, John DiTulio is the go-to guy for clients needing high-level tech troubleshooting. But after-hours, he trades his computer for drumsticks, playing in rock and new country bands. In 2020, this avid musician battled the effects of COVID-19, eventually gaining 35 pounds. Determined to regain his health in 2021, John lost weight, […]

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Tags: Dr. Jacob Erickson, John DiTulio, Mayo Clinic Health System, shoulder calcification, ultrasonic tenotomy


July 28, 2022

Digging into garden after robotic total knee replacement

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Forty-two years as a radiology technologist for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse — with countless hours on her feet and often wearing a 15-pound protective lead apron — took its toll on Betty Hayden-Tauscher’s knees. So in 2014, she had a total knee replacement on the left. This knee replacement was performed with […]

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Tags: Betty Tauscher, Dr. Kariline Bringe, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, robotic knee replacement, Total knee replacement


July 14, 2022

Not Just a Hernia: Digging Deeper

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

The motto for the City of Barron, Wisconsin, is: “Be kind. Be strong. Be together. Be Barron.” Nathan Emmons has embraced this motto in all that he does. Over the span of 44 years, he has focused on bringing people together and caring for the community. He is a 17-year veteran of the Barron Police […]

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Tags: Brad Kruger, Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease, Dr. Christian Mendez, Dr. D. Fearghas O'Cochlain, Dr. Joel Beachey, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Nathan Emmons


July 7, 2022

Cal lives on through books for grieving parents, families

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Like all couples who learn they’re going to be parents, Rebecca and Dan Sharpsteen, of Mankato, Minnesota, experienced immense joy and anticipation for their first child. That joy turned to heartbreak when Cal was stillborn at 38 weeks at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. “As a mother-to-be, you have so many hopes and dreams you […]

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Tags: Amanda Bassett Swanson, Dan Sharpsteen, Rebecca Sharpsteen, stillborn birth


May 19, 2022

Complex spine surgery helps Belinda Purdy walk again

By Joel Streed Joel Streed (@jstreed)

Belinda Purdy isn’t the type of person who enjoys sitting on the sidelines. She and her family love to travel, swim, eat out and spend time outdoors. She’s used to being on her feet all day and loves to walk 3 or 4 miles per day. But in spring 2020, Belinda felt like she was […]

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Tags: Belinda Purdy, Dr. Michael Stark, Dr. Navid Khezri, L5/S1 spondylolisthesis., Mayo Clinic Health System, spine surgery


March 31, 2022

Back on the bandstand: Feeling better with Mayo Clinic Advanced Care at Home

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Robert Heintz of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is no stranger to hospitals. Born with a congenital hip defect, he has had several hip surgeries over the years, beginning as a toddler. When Robert was scheduled for hip revision surgery at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 2021, he was happy to learn he could […]

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Tags: advanced care at home, Dr. Jonathan Webb, hip surgery, Mayo Clinic Advanced Care at Home, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Robert Heintz


March 21, 2022

Cancer survivor walks on the sunny side of the street

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When you meet Jennie Spencer, be prepared to chat, answer questions about yourself and your family, and make a new friend. By any measure, the 66-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and leukemia survivor from Forest City, Iowa, is truly a warm and remarkable person. Having previously been diagnosed and treated for a rare genetic migraine condition […]

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Tags: Cancer survivor, Jennie Spencer, Leukemia, lymphoblastic leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 10, 2022

Seeing straight thanks to surgery for crossed eyes

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Sight is the most dominant sense. It affects people’s ability to perceive and move through the world, but it also affects how people are perceived by others. Eye contact during a conversation shows attentiveness, respect, confidence and understanding. Each person has a different comfort level with sustained eye contact, but this part of nonverbal communication […]

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Tags: crossed eyes, Dr. Dany Najjar, Dr. Sasha Mansukhani, George Frank, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, strabismus


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