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November 23rd, 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


November 18th, 2016

Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

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In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Antonio Forte, Dr. Dawn Mussallem, Florida Campus, Lymphedema, mastectomy, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


October 31st, 2016

A Mother’s Frightening Fight Against Autoimmune Encephalitis

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It started with ear pain in the spring of 2014. Within a few weeks, Gloria Pena’s earache escalated into confusion and sensory loss. “I thought it was a bad cold with an earache,” Gloria recalls. “But one day I picked up my son from school and didn’t remember the way home.” From there, Gloria’s condition […]

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Tags: Dr. Sebastian Lopez Chiriboga, Dr. William Freeman, encephalitis, Florida Campus, Neurology & Neurosurgery


October 25th, 2016

Deep-brain Stimulation Helps A Pilot Return to Flight

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As a commercial airline pilot, Tyrone Nanton spends his days in a standard blue-and-white uniform. But in his off-hours, Tyrone’s creativity emerges in two favorite hobbies: creating colorful, elaborate costumes for carnival in his native Antigua, and painting. From 2006 to 2015, though, a tremor that got progressively worse made his hands shake so much […]

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Tags: Deep Brain Stimulation, Dr. Robert Wharen, Dr. Ryan Uitti, Essential Tremor, Florida Campus, Movement Disorders, Neurosurgery


September 17th, 2016

Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

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Scott Berry is one of five children. But he and his youngest sibling, David, share a very unique bond — a kidney, to be exact. On April 12, 2016, David gave his older brother a second chance at life by donating one of his kidneys to Scott for a transplant. 

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Tags: Dr. Martin Mai, Florida Campus, IgA Nephropathy, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


September 17th, 2016

Artist Back at the Drawing Board After A Stroke

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Shirley and Bob Gessner have weathered some tough times during their 56 years of marriage. But nothing could have prepared Shirley for the night of April 10, 2015, when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to a thud — the sound of her husband falling out of bed. “I asked him what was the matter, but […]

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Comprehensive Stroke Center, diabetes, Dr. David A. Miller, Florida Campus, stroke, Thrombectomy, tPA


August 17th, 2016

After Severe Rotator Cuff Injuries, Stuart Baker Found Relief at Mayo Clinic

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For Stuart Baker, flying was life. After beginning his career as a flight attendant, Stuart eventually earned a pilot’s license and flew for a major airline. But by age 40, this native of Winchester, Virginia, had torn his right rotator cuff twice, grounding his ability to fly. It took seven years, three surgeries and extensive […]

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Tags: Dr. Cederic Ortiguera, Florida Campus, Orthopedic Surgery, Rotator Cuff


August 5th, 2016

Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis to Become A Running and Fitness Enthusiast

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When Tammy Bolerjack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18, she found herself frequently in and out of hospitals for treatments to help her breathe. Running 5K races and half-marathons certainly wasn’t something she envisioned in her future. Little did she know then that eventually a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus would […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Emergency medicine, Florida Campus, lung transplant, organ donation


August 4th, 2016

Mayo Clinic’s First Lung Transplant Recipient in Florida Makes Most of Every Moment for 15 Years and Counting

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When Richard Oppelt arrived at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in early 2001, his lung capacity was minimal – only 21 percent of what it should have been. A sandblaster for 24 years, Richard, from Melbourne, Florida, had developed silicosis, a lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust, which can damage the lining of the […]

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Tags: Dr. Cesar Kellar, Florida Campus, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Silicosis


June 30th, 2016

Quick Access to Stroke Experts Through Telemedicine Makes All the Difference for George Hoggard

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George Hoggard knows a thing or two about the importance of a rapid response. A former firefighter, the 78-year-old Titusville, Florida, resident spent the better part of his 42-year career teaching astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center how to escape to safety in the event of an emergency on the launch pad. He also was […]

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Tags: Dr. David Barrett, Florida Campus, Mayo Clinic Care Network, stroke, Stroke Telemedicine


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