Florida patient stories

  1. Teamwork Gives Maureen Connell an Accurate Diagnosis and Much-Needed Relief From Hydrocephalus

    Barry Connell couldn?t be happier to have his wife of 53 years, Maureen, back. Though the couple spent 16 years traveling cross-country after Barry retired as president of a manufacturing company in Connecticut, nothing prepared them for the difficult journey they would embark on when Maureen?s health began to decline rapidly in 2015. For the [...]

  2. Battling an Autoimmune Disorder Changes James Boddie?s Retirement Plans

    In April 2005, nine months after retiring from his job as assistant superintendent of Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minnesota, James Boddie had a heart attack while riding his bike in Florida. When he arrived by helicopter at a local hospital in Bonita Springs, he was told he had 100 percent blockage in his [...]

  3. Mitral Clip Gets a Fisherman Back on the Water

    Fishing has been a big part of 83-year-old Bob Hamme's life since he was a child. "I just enjoy being out on the water or near water and fishing, just being with nature," he says. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure due a leaky mitral valve, Bob was not only unable to enjoy fishing, [...]

  4. Innovative Multiple Myeloma Care Renews a Pilot?s Energy and Outlook

    At 81 years old, Harold Rogers has had quite a ride. For 30 years, the St. Mary?s, Georgia, resident was an air traffic controller and corporate jet pilot. But nothing prepared Harold for a diagnosis in early 2009 of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells inside bone marrow, which is considered incurable. ?I?d [...]

  5. Local Politician Doesn't Skip a Beat With Mechanical Heart Pump

    While Walter "Junior" Boatright was running for a second term as Nassau county commissioner in northeast Florida in November 2012, he started to feel winded. At first, he chalked it up to getting older and just not having the same energy he used to, while campaigning 15 hours a day. But after the campaign was [...]

  6. Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson?s Ears

    In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. ? who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville ? was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. [...]

  7. Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

    There is no doubt in Richard Parker?s mind that he?s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic. Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to [...]

  8. Rare Heart Condition Turns Young Athlete into Advocate

    Growing up, Joe Meyer loved sports. In elementary school, he played basketball and baseball. The summer before he entered eighth grade, the Jacksonville, Florida, youth decided to give football a try. Before he took to the gridiron, Joe visited his pediatrician for sports physical. At that appointment, his doctor noticed a heart murmur. Joe, then [...]

  9. Aboard Floating Hospital, Bringing Medical Help to Poorest Nations

    Brittany Blake, a nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus, has participated in many international missions trips over the past five years. But her recent experience as a volunteer with Mercy Ships, an international faith-based organization that sends floating hospitals to some of the poorest nations is the world, was different than any of her [...]

  10. Despite Two Aortic Aneurysms, Dennis Brennan Living the Life he Loves

    Dennis Brennan met Albert Hakaim, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, in January 2008. Then 73 years old and living in Ft. Meyers, Florida, Dennis had just learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm ? a weakened and enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the main artery that [...]

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