Minnesota patient stories

  1. Flashback: 1939 ? Lou Gehrig Comes to Mayo Clinic

    Diagnosed with ALS in the 1930s, the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig not only got the answers he was seeking at Mayo Clinic, he left an enduring mark on the health care organization that still lingers today. They called him the "iron horse" and the "pride of the Yankees." But when baseball great Lou Gehrig [...]

  2. Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder

    Diagnosed with a severe heart condition, Hal Stahl turned to Mayo Clinic, where an expert on the rare disease offered Hal a unique treatment alternative that made all the difference. The last 19 years have brought many milestones for Hal Stahl. The Iowa native has celebrated his 45th wedding anniversary, seen each of his three [...]

  3. A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

    Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found?a solution that put him on the road to recovery. Steve Grinstead knows how to handle dangerous situations. For more than 20 years, the Winnabow, North Carolina, resident has [...]

  4. Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient Builds a Life-Giving Legacy

    Years of health challenges that led to two kidney transplants motivated Ed Pompeian to establish the Gift of Life Transplant House, where people navigating their own transplants receive lodging, along with plenty of support and encouragement. Since he was 12 years old, Ed Pompeian's life has been shaped by the state of his kidney. You [...]

  5. Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant

    Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...]

  6. Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

    To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic [...]

  7. Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

    It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that [...]

  8. Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

    As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions. "I've photographed over a thousand weddings in my life," says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. "A lot of photographers don't like the pressure. There is no second [...]

  9. 3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

    The surgical teams assembled to operate on Mayo Clinic's most complex patients lately have begun to consist of more than living, breathing members. The new recruits are usually small enough to hold in your hand, and they don't say a word. But the information conveyed by these 3D anatomical printed models is helping surgeons plan [...]

  10. Friend's Generosity and Successful Transplant Give Maikki Nekton a New Way of Looking at the World

    Maikki Nekton was 32 years old when she had a life-saving liver transplant, thanks to her good friend, Jenifer DeMattia, who donated a portion of her own liver to Maikki. Prior to the transplant, Maikki worked as a clinical social worker in the Maryland school system and for nonprofit organizations. Jenifer was her co-worker, and [...]

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