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February 25, 2019

A Heartfelt Cure

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Fainting spells had plagued Julie Caimi since childhood. But until she went to Mayo Clinic, she had no idea the underlying cause was a congenital heart defect. An expert surgical team at Mayo corrected the problem, and now Julie’s symptoms are gone.

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July 12, 2018

Saving A Sibling From Afar

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When Mary Redepenning found out her sister Barbara needed a kidney, Mary wanted to be the donor. But traveling to Portland, Oregon, was a significant obstacle. Learning Mayo Clinic could perform a remote donation made all the difference.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration


June 1, 2018

Facing Death and Fighting Back

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When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn’t stop him from reclaiming his health.

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Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Program, Outpatient Transplant Infection Disease Clinic, Paul Deziel, Sleeve gastrectomy surgery


April 6, 2017

Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

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As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions. “I’ve photographed over a thousand weddings in my life,” says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. “A lot of photographers don’t like the pressure. There is no second […]

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Dr. Rodolfo Savica, Neurology and Neurosurgery


April 5, 2017

3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

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The surgical teams assembled to operate on Mayo Clinic’s most complex patients lately have begun to consist of more than living, breathing members. The new recruits are usually small enough to hold in your hand, and they don’t say a word. But the information conveyed by these 3D anatomical printed models is helping surgeons plan […]

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Tags: 3d printing, Dr Jane Matsumoto, Dr. Basel Sharaf, Dr. Jonathan Morris, Dr. Mark Allen, Dr. Uldis Bite, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology


January 23, 2017

Aboard Floating Hospital, Bringing Medical Help to Poorest Nations

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Brittany Blake, a nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, has participated in many international missions trips over the past five years. But her recent experience as a volunteer with Mercy Ships, an international faith-based organization that sends floating hospitals to some of the poorest nations is the world, was different than any of her […]

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Tags: Brittany Blake, Volunteer


December 15, 2016

Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

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During the summer of 2016, for the first time in years, Jack Rhodes did something he doubted he’d ever do again. The 68-year-old retired rancher from central Alabama saddled up a two-year old stallion to train, exercise and ride. Four years ago, Jack had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling […]

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Tags: Chronic kidney disease, Dr. Nabeel Aslam, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Failure, Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group


November 23, 2016

Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis

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Six years ago, Robert Clark thought he was having a stroke. His left eye drooped shut, and he began to have difficulty swallowing. A competitive body builder used to working out six times a week, Robert rarely got sick. So when a local physician dismissed his symptoms, he sought out a friend who worked at […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Thomas, Dr. Paul Brazis, Florida Campus, minimally invasive surgery, myasthenia gravis, Robotic Thymectomy


May 10, 2016

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

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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


October 19, 2015

Sidelined No More – Scrambler Therapy Puts Tess Wilson Back in Action

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Each year after their big Thanksgiving meal, Tess Wilson’s family has a tradition of playing games in a gym to burn off some calories. For much of her high school and college years, Tess spent that afternoon sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of her family run around. Severe, chronic pain made it impossible […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Scrambler Therapy


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