Minnesota patient stories

  1. Jeff Hughes and family

    Deep Brain Stimulation Gets Police Detective Back on the Job

    The pain was unbearable, and the questions even worse. Every month of 2005, Detective Jeffery Hughes of the Madison, WI, Police Department experienced 55 to 60 headaches, each lasting several hours. The headaches brought him to his knees in pain, but it was the recurring question from his daughter that hurt even more: "Mommy, why [...]

  2. Emily Crawford

    Brain tumor surgery stops seizures

    When 9-year-old Emily Crawford began having seizures, the symptoms were subtle. "At times, Emily just wouldn't respond to anything," says her mother, Rebecca Crawford. "She would look around, fidget with her hair or buttons, or move her foot, but she didn't seem to know what was going on. She wasn't in the present." Over the [...]

  3. Jillayn Heys

    Jillayn Hey's "Remarkable" Mayo Clinic Story

    Editor's Note: Jillayn Hey, a Mayo Clinic patient from LaCrosse, WI, sent this story via email. I recently read an article titled; "Want to Heal? Tell Your Story. Narrative medicine boosts our bodies and souls", Utne Reader (Sept.-Oct. 2009). The basis of the article is that through telling our personal stories of illness and disease, [...]

  4. Josh Russell Faces His Toughest Battle

    Josh Russell spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. But he says his toughest battle took place years after he left the military. In early 2011, Josh noticed a bump in his stomach around his navel. He thought the bump was a hernia, and his doctor initially agreed. Josh was scheduled for surgery, but [...]

  5. Mickala the miracle: A survivor and an inspiration

    “We knew if she made it to Mayo Clinic, she would make it,” says Judy Morinville of the September day Mayo MedAir airlifted her teenage daughter to Mayo Clinic. Mickala Morinville did make it, and her journey serves as a reminder of the miracles that can happen when you combine Mayo expertise with a higher [...]

  6. Prenatal Education Class: A special relationship between 3 moms and daughters

    In the Winter of 2011, my husband Cameron and I (Megan Rask) were expecting our first child. We were beyond thrilled! I had been doing my care with the midwives at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Of course, I wanted to sign my husband and I up for every baby class offered! We soon began the six [...]

  7. Kristi Coody

    A new treatment for brain Aneurysms

    After clinic trial in Rochester, Kristi Coody continues her care in Florida Kristi Coody had suffered migraine-like headaches for three months, but this time the pain was more intense. She lay down on the living room floor of her Orange City, Fla., home and let her girls play around her. Her husband found her there [...]

  8. Ron Reffitt Jr. with Dr. Hartzell Schaff and Dr. Vuyisile Nkomo

    Michigan man's care highlights Mayo's culture, expertise

    Just days after being told he had a tumor inside his heart, Ron Reffitt Jr., of Elk Rapids, Mich., was on a medical airplane headed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Gazing down at Lake Michigan on that beautiful sunny day in January 2009, he wondered: Is this the last time I’ll see this? His [...]

  9. The Discovery That Changes Everything

    I am a hard charging, creative, passionate person who listens to her “inner voice” as much as possible. Earlier this year, I was having multiple ear and throat infections which were not responsive to antibiotics.  After three rounds, my doctor decided to feel my throat – which led to a sonogram, followed by a biopsy.  [...]

  10. New Device Helps Man Who ‘Forgets’ to Breathe

    His whole life, David Vannausdle, 32, of Granger, Iowa, has been tethered to some type of breathing device for at least some part of the day or night.  Without external assistance, his body “forgets” to breathe. He was born with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome, also referred to as Ondine’s curse. Essentially, the brain fails to [...]

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