The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

    To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic [...]

  2. Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

    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 [...]

  3. Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

    Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a "rugged maniac." The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover [...]

  4. Teamwork Gives Maureen Connell an Accurate Diagnosis and Much-Needed Relief From Hydrocephalus

    Barry Connell couldn?t be happier to have his wife of 53 years, Maureen, back. Though the couple spent 16 years traveling cross-country after Barry retired as president of a manufacturing company in Connecticut, nothing prepared them for the difficult journey they would embark on when Maureen?s health began to decline rapidly in 2015. For the [...]

  5. Skillful Spine Surgery Gets Rid of a Rare Tumor and Keeps Mike LaBorde on His Feet

    For more than a year, Mike LaBorde thought he had carpal tunnel syndrome. His left hand and arm often tingled and felt numb. He wore a brace for a while, but it didn?t help. Then he had carpal tunnel surgery, not once, but twice. The surgeries made no difference. ?I was quite aggravated that the [...]

  6. Novel Approach to Epilepsy Surgery Allows a Young Woman to Enjoy Life Again

    Five weeks before she was born, Marissa B. had a stroke in utero. When her mother went into labor, Marissa had another stroke. Diagnosed with epilepsy at birth, Marissa spent her first month of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. ?When she was six months old, they did a brain MRI,? Marissa?s mom, Lisa, [...]

  7. Walking Easy Again After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    After a 37-year career at a petroleum company, Dan Hofferber was looking forward to retirement. But in 2014, Dan started having trouble with one of his legs. The muscle in his left thigh would tighten up, causing unbearable pain that made it hard to walk. ?I was used to walking a mile or two, and [...]

  8. After 20 Years of Seizures, Erica Laney Enjoys Life Following Epilepsy Surgery

    For much of her adolescent and adult life, Erica Laney, 31, had frequent petit mal seizures. Less often, she had grand mal seizures that led to loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The cause of the seizures was abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain. ?The seizures started when I was 11 years old. I [...]

  9. Successful Brain Cancer Surgery Puts Sunshine Back in a Young Mom?s World

    When Tyson Cluever, a 32-year-old mother of two from Benson, Minnesota, learned that she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was of her children. At just nine months and five years old, her sons stood to lose one of the most important people in their lives if she were to share the fate [...]

  10. Multiple Medical Emergencies Give Nurse A New Perspective on Mayo Clinic Care

    As a nurse for more than eight years at Mayo Clinic?s Rochester campus, Jacklyn Traurig knew firsthand the value of the organization?s team approach to health care. But although Jackie was practiced at providing quality care, she didn?t truly see just how exceptional Mayo Clinic?s style was until she found herself in back-to-back medical crises. [...]

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Sept. 18, 2015