Minnesota patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Keen Eye and Quick Action Save Rochester Mom From Life-Threatening Infection

    When Heather Spaniol woke up from the first of many surgeries to rid her body of a life-threatening infection that was decimating her tissues, the gratitude she felt toward the Mayo Clinic surgeons who?d saved her life was so strong, she didn?t even register how much trauma her body had sustained. ?I think I was [...]

  4. Heart Transplant Puts an Active Athlete Back in Action

    Kraig Gresham was 47 years old when he received his heart transplant, but his journey to that life-changing surgery began years earlier. Kraig was born with aortic stenosis ? a birth defect that causes heart valves to narrow and obstruct blood flow. As a child he had heart problems as a result of his condition. [...]

  5. Daughter's Persistence Leads to Discovery of a Life-Threatening Aortic Aneurysm

    Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor's appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. "I'm just that type. I don't go to the doctor ever ? unless I'm [...]

  6. After Years of Pain, a Clear Diagnosis Restores a Teen?s Life

    Written by Sanan Malkadjian I was only 14 at the time. I would be ashamed of myself because of how often my stomach hurt. It came to a point where no one would believe the excruciating pain I was facing. This was pain unlike no other. My doctors here in Michigan would blame one another. [...]

  7. Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

    Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota,?was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife?told him he was completely yellow ? not from the sun streaming [...]

  8. New Weight-Loss Device Helps Mark Harlan Improve His Health

    Mark Harlan tried diets. He tried exercise. He modified his behavior and his lifestyle. Yet nothing worked to keep off extra weight that had plagued him for years. Nothing worked, that is, until Mark underwent a cutting-edge procedure designed to help those who don?t qualify for gastric bypass surgery to shed excess pounds. In 2015, [...]

  9. Skillful Spine Surgery Gets Rid of a Rare Tumor and Keeps Mike LaBorde on His Feet

    For more than a year, Mike LaBorde thought he had carpal tunnel syndrome. His left hand and arm often tingled and felt numb. He wore a brace for a while, but it didn?t help. Then he had carpal tunnel surgery, not once, but twice. The surgeries made no difference. ?I was quite aggravated that the [...]

  10. Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

    It?s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old?s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He?s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he?ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy [...]

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