Patient stories

  1. Spina Bifida Won't Slow Down Ty Wiberg

    If everyone else can do it, why can’t I? If Ty Wiberg, a 13-year-old from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has one guiding principle in life, that might be the one. The Chippewa Falls Middle School student has undergone 16 surgeries, walks with braces and uses a wheelchair for distance. Ty was born with spina bifida, a spinal [...]

  2. Putting Kieran's Heart Back Where it Belongs

    Caitlin Veitz never takes for granted just how special her daughter Kieran is. “She’s laid back, happy, wonderful,” Caitlin says. The circumstances around her birth, however, were not as serene. At her 20-week ultrasound, Caitlin learned her baby's heart was not where it was supposed to be and that it had developed outside of the [...]

  3. Mickala the miracle: A survivor and an inspiration

    “We knew if she made it to Mayo Clinic, she would make it,” says Judy Morinville of the September day Mayo MedAir airlifted her teenage daughter to Mayo Clinic. Mickala Morinville did make it, and her journey serves as a reminder of the miracles that can happen when you combine Mayo expertise with a higher [...]

  4. Stacy and Suzy Fitterer and their conjoined twins, Abygail and Madysen.

    Suzy Fitterer: "We have two normal two-year olds"

    Working in Mayo Clinic's public affairs department, I don't get to have as much daily interaction directly with patients and their families as our medical staff members do (although with our Sharing Mayo Clinic blog, I'm now having more of these opportunities.) But in one special year, starting in February 2006, I was part of [...]

  5. Ariel's story -- the mystery is solved

    I wanted to share this story for other parents of teenagers with POTS. My daughter, Ariel, became sick in the middle of her junior year in high school. She was tired ALL the time — could barely function. She struggled through the school day, had to quit ballet and swim team. She was dizzy, faint, [...]

  6. Julie and Faith Glass

    Finding Answers for Faith

    California-native Faith Glass began showing signs of illness at age 2. When local doctors were unable to diagnose her, Faith’s parents, Julie and Bart, turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. In this video, Julie and Faith share their experience. Related Diseases Cancer Related Departments Oncology in Minnesota Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

  7. Jayden Gonzalez and his parents

    Toddler diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor

    Viola and Felipe Gonzalez were stunned when their youngest son's persistent flu-like symptoms were diagnosed as a brain tumor. The vomiting, holding his head while crying and unsteadiness weren't just a toddler's brush with the flu bug. A CT scan at the local pediatrician's office showed a mass the size of a quarter on Jayden's [...]

  8. Abby and Belle Carlsen: Three Years Later

    Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen of Fargo, North Dakota, returned to Mayo Clinic yesterday and today with their parents Jesse and Amy for their three-year checkups. The formerly conjoined twins were separated at Mayo Clinic on May 12, 2006 in a daylong operation. Reporter Matt Russell from the Rochester Post-Bulletin interviewed the family after the girls’ last [...]

  9. Danielle Roeder

    Jubilant First Steps

    Greg and Suzanne Roeder were in tears when their daughter took her first steps. It's natural to get choked up when a child demonstrates her vertical independence. But the Roeders were especially emotional because Danielle was seven years old when she made those monumental strides. Danielle once needed to use a wheelchair, but was freed [...]

  10. Corrie Mork

    Finally Diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

    After nine months of struggling with many dehabilitating symptoms and fighting for a diagnosis, Katie Mork came to Mayo Clinic in February of 2011. Within a half an hour, Dr. Marc Patterson diagnosed her with POTS. Listen to Katie's testimony on the long struggle and the eventual relief upon receiving a diagnosis right away at [...]

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