Patient stories

  1. Back to Farm Fields and Family Thanks to Speedy Stroke Treatment

    After a severe ischemic stroke, Bruce Schmoll has returned to life on his farm thanks to the multidisciplinary care he received at Mayo Clinic. March 22 was not a typical morning for Bruce Schmoll. He usually sleeps in on those days leading up to planting season, and his wife leaves early for work. But on [...]

  2. Dylan Walling Survives Crash and Exceeds Expectations in Recovery

    As much as she?d like to forget Sept. 15, 2016, it's a day Julie George will never be able to erase from her memory. That day, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, woman?s 21-year-old son, Dylan Walling, was riding his motorcycle on a highway en route to his grandmother?s house when the unthinkable occurred. A slow-moving manure [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis to Become A Running and Fitness Enthusiast

    When Tammy Bolerjack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18, she found herself frequently in and out of hospitals for treatments to help her breathe. Running 5K races and half-marathons certainly wasn?t something she envisioned in her future. Little did she know then that eventually a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus?would [...]

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