Patient stories

  1. Nathan and His Team of Medical Superheroes Work to Defeat Cancer and a Host of Scary Complications

    Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 4-year-old Nathan Herber's health spiraled downward when he was overcome by life-threatening treatment complications. A team of pediatric specialists at Mayo Clinic came to Nathan's aid. And in the end, they restored the boy's health while putting his cancer in remission. Though he may not share all of Super Mario's jumping [...]

  2. Kindhearted Kid Perseveres Through Multiple Heart Surgeries

    Although 3-year-old Matthew Makela and his family have already been forced to deal with a host of serious medical concerns during the young boy's life, they navigate it all with grace and gratitude. Matthew Makela is a kindhearted 3-year-old who tucks in 20 stuffed animals each night at bedtime and gives his younger sister, Emily, [...]

  3. Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

    When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles' eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn't think twice about where to take him for care. Parenting a child with an uncommon birth defect [...]

  4. Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem

    As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option -- one that has yielded dramatic results. To 17-year-old Mason [...]

  5. Seeing Dramatic Results After a Frightening Eye Injury

    When one of his eyes was severely injured, Leo Druliner's parents were worried that, due to the trauma, their toddler might never regain his vision in that eye. But a team of Mayo Clinic specialists went to work to repair the damage, and now Leo's on the road to a successful recovery. It's one of [...]

  6. 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. [...]

  7. 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. [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. 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 [...]

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