Minnesota patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. Many Hands Make Hopeful Work for Nielsen Boys

    "There is something wrong" are words no expectant parent ever wants to hear. And for Ryan and Kathy Nielsen, they came just 20 weeks into Kathy's first pregnancy. The couple was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their child and had been busy getting their home ready. Then, doctors diagnosed their unborn son, Aaron, with congenital [...]

  8. Back in Flight After a Long Bout With Chronic Pain

    At the age of 47, Parry Winder was looking forward to a bright future. Retired from two decades as a test and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, Parry had transitioned into a non-military role that he relished as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. But in an instant, an accident brought Parry's [...]

  9. Mom of 6-Year-Old Counts Reasons to Take Heart Health Seriously

    Marla Burkhart's story dates back to 2009, when she underwent an emergency cesarean section at Mayo Clinic eight weeks before her due date. Before the surgery took place, doctors discovered that Marla had a condition called peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare pregnancy-related heart condition that occurs in about 1 in 3,000 deliveries and causes inefficient blood [...]

  10. 3-D Print of Patient's Tumor Helps Surgeons Prepare, Speeds Recovery

    Michael Slag holds in his hands a tumor – or rather a 3-D print of the actual tumor that is growing at the top of his right lung. Doctors are using the 3-D printed model to aid them in planning the complex surgery to remove Michael’s tumor. Mayo Clinic doctors diagnosed Michael with a rare [...]

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