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    1. Care Coordination Puts Jim on the Path to Recovery

      After Jim Hauck sustained serious injuries from a car accident in Nevada, Mayo Post Acute Care helped him return home, where he continues to recover and heal. Jim Hauck wasn't sure where he was when he woke up in a hospital in February 2019. The 52-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident had been in a serious [...]

    2. Cameron's New Way Forward After Rare Disease Diagnoses

      Cameron Kaipainen with his mom and dad, Michele and Aron. Cameron Kaipainen and his parents spent years searching for explanations to his ongoing and confusing medical problems. It wasn't until arriving at Mayo Clinic in Arizona that the true nature of Cameron's condition was uncovered, giving the family the priceless gift of knowledge. When Cameron [...]

    3. After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye

      For years, the neurologic disorder trigeminal neuralgia dominated Ellen Whitebird's world. It caused searing pain that destroyed her ability to enjoy life. Then in 2019, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon proposed a procedure that he believed could make a significant difference. It did. Today, Ellen's pain is gone. The past 24 years should have been some [...]

    4. Collaborative Approach to Care Restores Conductor's Sight

      When doctors in Ohio told Robyn Lana they weren't sure whether a brain aneurysm they found behind her right eye socket was causing the vision problems she'd been experiencing, Robyn turned to Mayo Clinic. Not only did her Mayo care team identify the true cause of her vision loss, they fixed it. In November 2018, [...]

    5. New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed

      Paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a surfing accident, Chris Barr thought life as he knew it was over. After enrolling in a regenerative medicine clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, however, he began to realize all was not lost. Chris Barr wanted to give up and give in. A surfing accident in [...]

    6. Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery

      When Jo-Ann Rosemont learned she had a meningioma in her head, she followed her care team's advice and had regular checkups for more than a year to make sure it wasn't growing. But after one of her local doctors insisted that she get a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, Jo-Ann ended up undergoing a unique [...]

    7. Expert Care and Compassion Move Cary Hill Beyond a Second Brain Aneurysm

      Having already lived through the effects of one ruptured brain aneurysm, Cary Hill knew she couldn't risk it happening again when scans showed that another aneurysm had grown on her brain. So she came to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion -- and a second chance. The first words Giuseppe Lanzino, M.D., said to Cary [...]

    8. Eliminating a Complex Brain Tumor With Careful Planning and Expert Care

      Tony DeGange never thought much about the bump on his head until his barber mentioned that it might be a problem. It was. The bump turned out to be a brain tumor. But his Mayo Clinic team successfully removed it, and now Tony's back to enjoying his retirement, bump-free. A retired auto parts salesman and [...]

    9. Surgery to Remove a Nerve Tumor Restores Rose's Joy

      Eleven years of constant pain had left Rose Boehmer worn down and discouraged. Then she met Robert Spinner, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, who not only identified the long-hidden source of her pain, he and his surgical team eliminated it -- returning Rose to a full and happy life. Rose Boehmer had endured chronic [...]

    10. Walking Tall After Spine Surgery

      Gyles Randall lived for years with pervasive pain that radiated down his legs. When he no longer could tolerate the discomfort, he sought medical help and was surprised to be referred to a neurosurgeon. But that referral made a world of difference. As an agriculture researcher focused on soil fertility, nutrient management and tillage, Gyles [...]

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