Everybody knows that football can be a dangerous sport. Injuries are usually considered just another part of the game, but every once in a while, a tackle can change a player's life forever. That's what happened to the young man you're about to meet. But with the help of doctors from Mayo Clinic, he is turning tragedy into triumph.
The pain of a rotator cuff injury can be bad. Your shoulder aches when you lift your arm up, like when you need to grab something out of a high cabinet, or reach up to brush your hair. Surgery used to mean a big operation that left a large scar. These days doctors use a minimally invasive approach. But doctors at Mayo Clinic say the key to recovery also is rest and rehab.
He was serving in Iraq when it happened. A rocket ripped through the truck Staff Sergeant Heath Calhoun was riding in. The explosion blew off both legs above the knees. Unfortunately this scenario is not uncommon for soldiers in combat. What's amazing is that technology is helping many of these soldiers walk again. Sergeant Calhoun is teaming up with researchers at Mayo Clinic to help make prosthetics even better.
When you're in your 20s, life is supposed to be an adventure. New experiences, meeting new people, seeing new places. You're not supposed to worry, "Will I live to see tomorrow?" That's what a young man named Trevor faced when he got sick, very sick, while traveling in Mexico. When he got back to the U.S., doctors at Mayo Clinic told him he'd need a transplant. That began a journey he never expected.
It's flu season again, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all people over 6 months of age should get vaccinated. Sure, the flu shot helps prevent the flu, but it also helps prevent something else. Heart attack. Here's the latest from Mayo Clinic.