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  1. Complex heart surgery gives 6-year-old a second chance at childhood

    Amy and Josh Porter were looking for the best pediatric heart surgery program to give their son the best chance at a regular childhood. Then they learned that two of them were working together in a new collaboration. When Mitchell Porter was born, he was diagnosed with heart defects that typi?cally require multiple surgeries over [...]

  2. Joelle's journey to a new heart

    Cardiomyopathy is a medical term for a number of genetic and nongenetic diseases involving the heart muscle that adversely affect the heart's mechanical pumping function and its electrical system. It can occur in people of all ages, races or genders, and it is a frequent cause of sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. For [...]

  3. Rising Above Two Challenging Health Conditions

    For years, Joey Del Toro has lived with medical conditions that have affected his abilities and appearance. But Joey hasn't let his health concerns define him. Instead, he's focused his energy on moving beyond them and excelling at the sports he loves. The landscape of Joey Del Toro's youth was colored by medical experiences. Treatments [...]

  4. Embracing His Heart's Passion, Despite Congenital Heart Defect

    Woody Hust, an athlete and outdoorsman, is living his dream in the Rocky Mountains. It's a picture-perfect existence made even more special because he's achieved his goals despite having a congenital heart defect. Thanks to the lifelong, personalized care Woody's received from his Mayo Clinic cardiologist, the sky continues to be the limit for him. [...]

  5. Telemedicine Helps Provide the Right Care at the Right Time During Unexpected Delivery

    When Lizzie Stoltz went into labor more than two months early with her second child at Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer, Wisconsin, she and the baby needed specialized care. They got it, thanks to a connection with a Mayo Clinic neonatologist who guided the delivery from more than 100 miles away. Lizzie Stoltz was [...]

  6. Tiny But Mighty, Lorelei Overcomes Devastating Digestive Disease

    Photo courtesy of Sydney Ardnt, S&T Photography For Jordyn and Michael Threat, having a premature baby was frightening on its own. Then learning that their firstborn, Lorelei, had a potentially fatal digestive system disease was an additional shock. But despite her size, Lorelei was tough. And with the support of a compassionate Mayo Clinic team, [...]

  7. Wide, Wonderful Smiles After Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment

    For Rebecca and J Winkowski, learning that their daughter, Everly, would be born with a cleft lip and palate was an unexpected and unnerving discovery. But after meeting a compassionate team of Mayo Clinic physicians committed to Everly's care, those feelings of anxiety and apprehension quickly vanished. Rebecca and J Winkowski have several nicknames for [...]

  8. A Commitment to Global Health Spurred On by a Spirit of Service

    Each year, Mayo Clinic pediatric surgeon Christopher Moir, M.D., serves as a visiting faculty member at hospitals in Africa. This work has expanded his view of how health care can be delivered and reinforced his admiration for those who practice medicine under persistently challenging circumstances. As a kid, Christopher Moir, M.D., a pediatric surgeon at [...]

  9. Rewriting the Script for Parents of Babies With Down Syndrome

    Randi, Simon and Brian Beyerl For new parents of babies born with Down syndrome, the educational brochures that were at their disposal made them feel less than hopeful. Mayo Clinic's Office of Patient Education knew they could do better, so a team set about creating new materials to provide families with a more optimistic outlook. [...]

  10. From Restless Legs to Dancing Feet

    For the first four years of her life, Savannah Brock didn't sleep more than a few hours at a time. Though desperately tired, the child couldn't fall or stay asleep due to an unrelenting urge to move her legs. While Savannah's parents knew something was wrong, medical tests didn't reveal the cause. Then they met [...]

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