She was at work when symptoms hit. A headache like no other. An aneurysm ruptured in her brain. If this happens, you have a 40-percent chance of surviving. But doctors at Mayo Clinic performed a surgical procedure that saved the life of the woman you're about to meet. All without open brain surgery.
Imagine this: you're eating dinner with your family and suddenly your left arm feels numb. Your speech is slurred. It could be a stroke, so you've got to get to the hospital fast. But what if your hospital doesn't have a stroke specialist or what if that doctor is out of town? The answer may be telemedicine. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a telemedicine robot that allows them to be face to face with patients who are miles away.
Seventeen people a day. That's approximately how many people in North America die waiting for an organ transplant. There simply aren't enough donor organs to meet demand. And if you are waiting for say, a liver, and one becomes available, there's no guarantee it will be a match. Here's the story of a woman who almost lost hope after having to turn down three different donor organs.
What is it about laughter that's contagious? Sometimes you just can't stop from smiling when you hear or see it. Last September, an elderly couple from Iowa infused the internet with laughter and joy. Their random act of happiness at Mayo Clinic hit You Tube and made more than 6 million people smile. And that, say Francis and Marlow Cowan, is what keeps them young.