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. Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

    A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. The morning of March 18, 2017, started like many others for Chris Gordon. "I was helping my wife get our kids into the van [...]

  2. From Walking With a Cane to Biking 100 Miles After Knee Replacement

    Pain was Julie Frisby's constant companion after a series of injuries damaged her knee and spine. Knee replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic provided the relief she needed to resume an active life. Before her total knee replacement surgery in February 2017, Julie Frisby was in excruciating pain from a series of injuries. The Ponte Vedra, [...]

  3. After a Serious Motorcycle Accident, Sue Bothun Is Back on the Road

    Sue Bothun is living life again and getting back to the work she loves after recovering from a devastating accident, with the help of her?orthopedic surgeons and Mayo Clinic's?back-to-work program. For more than half her life, Sue Bothun has been a motorcycle rider. To the Mayo Clinic?nurse, motorcycling is a way of life and a [...]

  4. Saving Dave Boyett?s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

    After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic?s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that. Dave Boyett was just trying to be helpful when, on Labor Day weekend in [...]

  5. Mayo Medical Volunteers Find Perspective by Changing Lives in Ecuador

    For years, Kallie Howerton and Kate Hudson had been listening to Kate Welp talk about the mission trips to Ecuador she organizes every year. The nurses work together on the Cardiovascular Surgery Progressive Care unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital ? Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. ?My preceptor planted the seed,? says Howerton, who has worked at [...]

  6. 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. [...]

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

    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 [...]

  8. Volleyball Player Realizes Her Dream With Help From Her Mayo Clinic Team

    As senior captain of her high school volleyball team, Brooke Johnson was determined to lead her squad to the state tournament. Never mind that the team hadn?t made it there before. Or that her small school had never sent any athletic team to a state tournament. Or that Brooke had health issues that made playing [...]

  9. Limb Lengthening and Regeneration Clinic Offers Hope for Amarachi

    Just six months ago, every step for Amarachi Austin-Okoh was filled with pain. The 11-year-old from Nigeria had enough trouble walking. Things like running, playing tag or playing basketball seemed like a dream. But now they're things she can look forward to, thanks to a life-changing trip to Mayo Clinic. Amarachi has a condition called [...]

  10. New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

    Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated. These treatments could help correct [...]

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March 24, 2015