Florida patient stories

  1. Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

    When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health. It's been almost four years since Vincent Arnold began feeling winded and feeling like his heart was [...]

  2. From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate

    As a 37-year-old with no major medical problems, Collin Markum was shocked to learn he had a rare cardiac condition. Now after successful surgery and rehabilitation, Collin is working to help fund research and promote heart health. By Collin Markum It was early October 2016, and I was standing in front of my 11th??grade United [...]

  3. 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, [...]

  4. Random Chat With a Stranger Leads to a Second Chance at Life

    ? When John Branson struck up a conversation with Edgar Roberts, the two had no way of knowing their chance meeting would motivate John to become Edgar's kidney donor. But that's exactly what happened. Today, Edgar is enjoying renewed health, thanks to John's generosity. John Branson has saved many a life during his 28 years [...]

  5. Better Communication Paves the Way for Dramatic Change in Carolyn Ostrout's Health

    Plagued by symptoms of cirrhosis and unclear communication, Carolyn Ostrout found her health was failing. But a visit to Mayo Clinic that included working with an American Sign Language interpreter led the way to a liver transplant and dramatic improvement in her health.? February 2017 was a big month for Carolyn and Bruce Ostrout. The [...]

  6. Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

    In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family. For Sally Kirilloff, July 5 is a day to celebrate. "That day means another chance," says Sally, who this year marks [...]

  7. The Sky's the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

    Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future. University of Central Florida freshman biology major Logan McCaskill has her sights set on a career with NASA. The Orlando native hopes to work for the agency researching how to grow plants in space. [...]

  8. Florida Realtor's Remarkable Recovery After Paralyzing Injury

    A debilitating illness left Bonne Jones paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors were unsure if she would walk again. But expert surgery at Mayo Clinic, coupled with Bonne's fierce determination, put her back in stride. Barbara "Bonne" Jones doesn't take anything for granted, especially being able to walk. Over just a few weeks last year, [...]

  9. The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop

    When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn't derail Robert Gall's liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life.? When it struck the United States in October 2016, Hurricane Matthew brought significant destruction and devastation, especially to people along the East Coast. But [...]

  10. Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

    Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it's not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she's working to help others learn more about the disease. It's been more than a decade since Missouri native Mary Helen Duggar received the news that [...]

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