Florida patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. Paired Kidney Donation Offers a Unique Way Forward for Transplant Recipient

    The day before Norma ?Kay? Orr was scheduled for a living donor kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic, she needed one more blood test. The Palm Coast, Florida, resident was in line to receive a kidney from her niece, Jamie. Jamie Rogers had volunteered to be a living donor when she found out in early 2016 [...]

  6. Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

    In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. ?It kept getting [...]

  7. After 20 Years of Seizures, Erica Laney Enjoys Life Following Epilepsy Surgery

    For much of her adolescent and adult life, Erica Laney, 31, had frequent petit mal seizures. Less often, she had grand mal seizures that led to loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The cause of the seizures was abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain. ?The seizures started when I was 11 years old. I [...]

  8. Busy Father Finds Way Forward Despite Hemochromatosis

    As a father of three and the district manager for 11 large retail stores in Houston, Chad Fogle was used to being tired. But in the spring of 2015, he began experiencing exhaustion far beyond what was typical. ?Two hours of being out doing something would exhaust me as much as working 12 hours,? Chad [...]

  9. Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

    During the summer of 2016, for the first time in years, Jack Rhodes did something he doubted he?d ever do again. The 68-year-old retired rancher from central Alabama saddled up a two-year old stallion to train, exercise and ride. Four years ago, Jack had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling [...]

  10. Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis

    Six years ago, Robert Clark thought he was having a stroke. His left eye drooped shut, and he began to have difficulty swallowing. A competitive body builder used to working out six times a week, Robert rarely got sick. So when a local physician dismissed his symptoms, he sought out a friend who worked at [...]

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