Patient stories

  1. Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

    When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal. Last November, 7-month-old Aida Little was able to hear her parents' voices calling to her for the first time. [...]

  2. Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast

    When she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein anomaly, Dannika Mechtel came to Mayo Clinic for care. Surgery not only repaired her heart, it restored her vitality, so she can keep competing in the sport she loves. Those closest to her were the first to spot a change in Dannika Mechtel. [...]

  3. Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant

    When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life. After several busy days in the hospital, Melinda Kohlmyer was enjoying a few quiet moments with [...]

  4. Breathing Easier After Getting the Right Diagnosis

    Diagnosed with asthma, 12-year-old Ben Anderson was plagued with a chronic cough. For more than two years, his mother searched for an explanation for her son's troubling symptoms until she found a Mayo Clinic physician who offered concrete answers. As a nurse and mother, Beth Anderson always felt something didn't add up when it came [...]

  5. Toddler's Personalized Care Sparks Enormous Strides

    Affected by a rare neuromuscular condition, Katie Emerson was beset by extreme muscle weakness that affected her ability to eat, speak and move. Then her mother learned about a Mayo Clinic physician whose pioneering research into Katie's condition gave the child a chance at normalcy. These days, 3-year-old Katie Emerson is all smiles. The happy [...]

  6. Feasting Fear-Free

    For Knox Rhinehart, who had been plagued by chronic vomiting for years, eating was a torment to be avoided ? until he met a Mayo Clinic specialist who understood that treating Knox meant treating his fear. When 11-year-old George "Knox" Rhinehart arrived at Mayo Clinic last year, his diet consisted of seven foods: purple grapes, [...]

  7. All in the Family: Pulling Together to Help a Young Girl Heal

    Working with their Mayo health care provider in Family Medicine, Hazel Sargent's family is tackling the preschooler's diagnosis of celiac disease head-on. For most of her young life, 3-year-old Hazel Sargent of Garden City, Minnesota, had tummy troubles. She was frequently constipated and never a big eater. Then one day in the spring of 2017, [...]

  8. Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds

    Time and again, 5-year-old Aaliya Lopez has pulled through life-threatening medical crises, and thanks to ongoing medical support, the future she faces now is as wide open as her smile. In her heart, Beverly Brumm knew it was not her daughter Aaliya's time to go. The 22-month-old ? who'd already survived slim odds as an [...]

  9. Exceeding Expectations With Early Diagnosis, Expert Care

    Affected by a rare genetic condition that can cause developmental delays, Vera Johnson is happy and thriving in the world her parents have built for her with support from her Mayo Clinic team. For 4-year-old Vera Johnson and her parents, the simple things in life bring the most joy: swinging in the backyard, digging in [...]

  10. Mayo Clinic Staff Take on an Urgent Medical Mission

    When a Mayo Clinic surgical team learned that a child tethered to life support in a foreign country would die in a matter of days without their help, they quickly planned a multifaceted intervention. Every day patients from around the world fly to visit Mayo Clinic and receive lifesaving care. This past March, as part [...]

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