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April 28, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Brighter view thanks to eyelid lift

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Ellen Teske isn’t one to sit still for too long. In the winter, you can find her on the ski slopes with her siblings or with her feet in snowshoes. During the summer, she is in her flower garden, at the local farmers market, biking or on her paddleboard. And there was no slowing down […]

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Tags: blepharoplasty, Dr. Marianne Komro, Dr. Yvonne Pierpont, Ellen Teske, Patient Story


March 23, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Sarcoma Diagnosis Proves to be a Blessing for Young Mom

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Growing up on a farm in central Florida, Paige Douglas enjoyed a unique childhood, caring for a menagerie of animals, horseback riding, even barrel racing at local rodeos. But, when she was 10, Paige inadvertently hit her left knee while bouncing on a trampoline. Though she had no visible cuts, pain radiated up and down […]

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Tags: Dr. Courtney Sherman, Dr. Peter Murray, Dr. Steven Attia, Florida Campus, Paige Douglas, Patient Story, sarcoma, synovial sarcoma


April 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Dialysis Patient Stays Active, Sets New Life Goals While Awaiting a Kidney Transplant

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti (@pscotti)

If you’re diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be easy to get down and wonder why this is happening to you and how will it affect your future goals and dreams. For 57-year-old Jim McGarry of Fruit Cove, Florida, a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease that has required him to go on dialysis three days a week while […]

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Tags: Dr. Floyd Willis, Dr. Peter Fitzpatrick, Florida Campus, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Patient Story


June 26, 2014 · Leave a Comment

College Student Overcomes Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

In her early 20s, Erin Ayub has big plans. As a college student in El Paso, Texas, she is also a musician and aspiring writer. She had to put her plans on hold for a bit while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic in Arizona due to a rare illness — anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. […]

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Tags: Arizona, encephalitis, Erin Ayub, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Story


June 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Patient with “Double Trouble” Diagnosis Finds Answers at Mayo Clinic

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti (@pscotti)

Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a serious blood cancer, is difficult enough to accept. But being told that you also have a rare hematologic condition called amyloidosis — a disorder that could prevent you from receiving the bone marrow transplant necessary to combat your myeloma — could put anyone’s strength to the test. Such was the case […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, BMT, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Taimur Sher, Kendall Schwindt, kidney, MayoClinicFL, multiple myeloma, nephrology, Patient Story


May 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Miracle Patient Overcomes Unique Challenges to Receive Double Lung Transplant

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti (@pscotti)

To 22-year-old double lung transplant recipient Curtis Higgons, being dubbed the “miracle patient” by his physicians may seem somewhat overstated. But when you consider the medical challenges his doctors had to contend with in preparing him for a life-saving double lung transplant, his moniker may be well deserved. Curtis was born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited […]

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Tags: Curtis Higgons, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Florida, Patient Story, transplantation


April 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment

She Was Born with Two Holes in Her Heart and No One Knew

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Lung transplant brings unexpected answers to 27-year-old Ileana Hernandez was born with two holes in her heart. But for 27 years, no one knew. Hernandez, a computer systems engineer, worked long hours at her job with Bank of America in Jacksonville, Fla. She had transferred from her native Mexico because of her particular set of […]

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Tags: Cesar Keller, Eisenmenger syndrome, Ileana Hernandez, MayoClinicFL, Patient Story


April 2, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Team Behind Team Lola

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Most 13-year-old girls wouldn’t see having a scar down the middle of their chests as cool. Lola Montilla, however, is not your average 13-year-old girl. When she looks at the scar on her chest from the surgery she had at Mayo Clinic to repair the Ebstein’s anomaly heart defect she was born with, she says […]

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Tags: Atrial Septum Defect, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Joseph Dearani, Ebstein's Anomaly, Heart & Heart Surgery, Patient Story


January 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment

For One Couple, Expert Neurology Care Makes All the Difference

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

In one brief statement, Barbara Smith can sum up the impact that the staff in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona had on her and her husband as they faced several difficult and frightening medical problems: “They are our life-changing heroes.”  For 40 years, seizures were just part of life for Barbara. […]

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Tags: 2859, 2868, 5169, 5265, 5292, 5294, 5333, Cancer, Dr. Katherine Noe, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


November 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

When Ernesto Boleaga learned that he needed a kidney transplant, the perfect donor, his identical twin brother, Jose Luis, was ready and willing to help. And because the Boleagas have the same genetic make-up, Ernesto’s body accepted Jose Luis’ kidney as its own. For most patients, however, an identical twin donor isn’t an option, and […]

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Tags: 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Patient Story, Regenerative Medicine, stem cell transplant, Transplant


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