Minnesota patient stories

  1. Limb Lengthening and Regeneration Clinic Offers Hope for Amarachi

    Just six months ago, every step for Amarachi Austin-Okoh was filled with pain. The 11-year-old from Nigeria had enough trouble walking. Things like running, playing tag or playing basketball seemed like a dream. But now they're things she can look forward to, thanks to a life-changing trip to Mayo Clinic. Amarachi has a condition called [...]

  2. Discerning Physician Turns to Mayo Clinic for Cancer Care

    Jim Biles, M.D., understands cancer treatment. A urologist who specializes in cancer surgery, he has spent his career focused on helping people receive the cancer care they need. So at age 72, when Dr. Biles received his own diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer, he knew how critical it would be to get treatment [...]

  3. Love and Determination Help Brennan Get Back on His Feet in Time to Walk Down the Aisle

    Before October 2015, Brennan Farley had never broken a bone in his body. That changed dramatically when a horrific vehicle accident landed the 30-year-old farm worker in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, for two months. Due to Brennan's extensive injuries, doctors were concerned he might not be able to walk again. But with the [...]

  4. Following Her Father's Last Words, Vivian Finds New Life Because of Mayo Clinic

    Vivian Tsai remembers the last words her father said to her: "See a doctor." He recognized her symptoms. For years, puzzling symptoms and a troubling medical condition had stalked their family. Growing up in Taiwan, Vivian was athletic and seemed to be healthy. However, she began to lose strength in her early 30s and went [...]

  5. New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

    Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated. These treatments could help correct [...]

  6. A New Weapon in the Arsenal for Patient With Stubborn Cancer: Proton Beam Therapy

    Audra Popp has a rare tumor – anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, also known as anaplastic PXA. Only a handful of people are diagnosed with this condition each year. Audra is the first person at Mayo Clinic with anaplastic PXA to be treated with proton beam therapy. Audra had 20 proton beam therapy sessions to try to [...]

  7. Back in the Symphony After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

    Stewart Rosen was beyond anxious when he learned he had a tumor the size of a walnut by his right ear. The tumor was benign. But Stewart, an accountant by day and violinist by night, worried that removing the tumor, an acoustic neuroma, might affect his ability to play music. "I'd never had any kind [...]

  8. Hope for 'Happy, Healthy Life' Thanks to Answers for 'Never Seen Before' Problems

    Written by Bethany Henthorn Our daughter, Mallory, was born with several congenital defects known cloacal exstrophy (OEIS – omphalocele, bladder exstrophy, imperforate anus and spinal defects) found in 1 and 400,000 live births. After Mallory’s 20-week gestational ultrasound, we were referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar [...]

  9. Eight Lessons on "Compassion in Health Care" From the Dalai Lama

    "A more compassionate mind is very, very helpful to good health." "Loving kindness, warm-heartedness are keys to health." "Each of us has some responsibility to make a contribution." "You can lead this moment because you practice these things." These words from His Holiness the Dalai Lama resonated with Mayo Clinic staff and guests gathered to [...]

  10. Successful Treatment in a Clinical Trial Means More Celebrations for Bridget Clausen

    Bridget Clausen refers to her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as "the love of my life." She treasures each of them and is proud to have a great-granddaughter named after her. The joy of a namesake is especially sweet, because when Bridget learned her granddaughter was pregnant, she wasn't sure she would be here to [...]

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