Patient stories

  1. Tom Vanderwell's Mayo Clinic Story

    Tom Vanderwell is a Mayo Clinic patient from Grand Rapids, Michigan who has come to Rochester three times since 1978 for evaluation and care relating to an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his neck. I work with our social media team at Mayo Clinic, and I first connected with Tom virtually through Twitter in March, a [...]

  2. Mother and daughter bond over brain surgery

    Some mothers and daughters bond over shopping. Margie Hartmann and her daughter, Jessica McNeil, bonded over Gamma Knife surgery. Hartmann and McNeil had the treatment — a type of neurosurgery that doesn't require an incision — on the same day at Mayo Clinic, for different conditions. Hartmann had a recurrent meningioma, a slow-growing tumor. Although [...]

  3. Kimmy Lockwood

    Doubly Rewarding: Weight Loss and Liver Transplant for Rare Disorder

    In 2007, Kimmy Lockwood decided to be screened for weight-loss surgery to address a longtime weight problem. Little did she know that decision would be lifesaving and eventually lead to a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. Tests indicated Lockwood had low iron levels. Her local physicians found the reason — a genetic disorder called hereditary [...]

Jul. 21, 2010

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