Minnesota patient stories

  1. Heidi Ash

    Mayo Clinic's 185th Heart Transplant Patient and her "Chocolat"

    I wish I knew more ways to say, “Thank you”. I was given not just a second chance at life, but also a life with possibilities never imagined. Being born with congenital heart defects, my first open-heart surgery was performed when I was five-days-old. Six more heart surgeries followed before being tremendously fortunate to have [...]

  2. Tracking Down an Elusive Answer

    Plagued by persistent symptoms with no definitive cause, Scott Borden turned to Mayo Clinic to help solve a baffling medical condition that was interfering with his life.  In February 2015, Scott Borden boarded a plane in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, and flew into wintertime in Rochester, Minnesota. His trek north, in the opposite direction of [...]

  3. Ryan Chubbuck

    Rare congenital subglottic stenosis treated with airway reconstruction surgery

    Kelly Chubbuck admits she was a cautious first-time parent. But her motherly instinct told her it wasn't her nervousness that caused her infant son Ryan to breathe noisily and at times, even stop breathing." There were times I had to shake Ryan to get him to take a breath," remembers Kelly. "And it wasn't until [...]

  4. Here Comes (the Father of) the Bride — With a Little Help From Mayo

    Andre Pearson wanted nothing more than to be in Indio, California, last June to answer the question: "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?" But up until the night before, it looked like he was going to be resigned to watching his daughter, Alexandra Price, get married from half a country away. [...]

  5. Young girl becomes champion for scoliosis screening

    It's a rare teenager who puts in overtime. Kelsey O'Leary is that teen. At age 12, Kelsey was diagnosed with scoliosis and fitted with a brace by Mayo Clinic physicians. The Rochester, Minn., girl wore the brace day and night — logging more than the recommended hours — for three years. Kelsey, now 17, and [...]

  6. Roslyn Huneke and surrogate Jessica

    An Amazing Gift of Life - Via Gestational Surrogacy

    My story began almost 4 years ago with the birth of my husband's and my first son, Aidan, born September 2007.  Mayo Clinic became involved with my story when they delivered our second son in July 2010.  This beautiful child, Liam, was born almost 2 years after learning I would never carry another pregnancy and [...]

  7. Jim Zloch

    Trial Lawyer Treated for Cancer on Vocal Cords

    Jim Zloch is a trial lawyer from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was diagnosed in Florida for cancer on his vocal cords. He sought a second opinion and ultimately, treatment at Mayo Clinic in 2006. Jim talks about going through six weeks of radiation treatment and seeing both Dr. Kerry Olsen and Dr. Robert Foote. He [...]

  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. Blood Donations Help Keep Young Man Alive

    "I am a brain tumor survivor who spent 10 weeks at the wonderful Mayo Clinic. During this time, I had many bleeding complications. The doctors had to give me blood products on multiple occasions. Simply put, without those blood donations, I would not be alive today. Since my return home (Kansas), the Red Cross has [...]

  10. Dan Olson

    A heart transplant put him back in the race

    As a marathon runner and long-distance cyclist, Dan Olson thought his athletic lifestyle ensured a healthy body. But in 2002, at age 38, Dan was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle. "I couldn't believe it," he says. "I kept thinking, 'I'm in good shape. It can't really be that [...]

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