Historias de nuestros pacientes: Minnesota

  1. A Lifetime of Gratitude for Lifesaving Cancer Care

    Thirty years ago, Brad Morris' life came to a grinding halt when a rare, life-threatening tumor was found in his chest. Hoping for the best possible outcome, Brad sought care at Mayo Clinic, where he found expert oncology and surgical teams that gave him a chance at survival. In 1988, Brad Morris was a 25-year-old, [...]

  2. Living and Loving Out Loud

    Affected by hearing loss for years, Jerry and Madalaine McDaniel created a world for themselves that revolved around their quiet home environment. But when the couple was offered a chance to escape the silence, they leaped at the possibility of a return to sound. From the start, hearing loss was a part of Madalaine and [...]

  3. Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete's Career Path

    More than a decade after nerve transfer surgery restored mobility to his right shoulder, Peter Rechenberg is not only able to do Olympic lifts, he's using his experience at Mayo Clinic to bring healing to others. Peter Rechenberg loves his job as a home health care physical therapist working with older adults who have been [...]

  4. Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic

    When Alice Alimurung was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening tumor, she embarked on a hunt for a surgeon with enough expertise to remove the mass. The search led Alice from the Philippines to Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, where she found an experienced surgical team that saved her life. For more than 15 years, Alice [...]

  5. Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

    Kandie Nelson didn't know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn't able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms. Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson's brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, [...]

  6. Rabbi Returns to His Life's Mission After Bile Duct Treatment

    When debilitating itching and fatigue prevented him from working, Rabbi Melvin Gruber turned to Mayo Clinic, where a series of specialized procedures allowed him to get back to teaching and sharing his knowledge with his community. Rabbi Melvin Gruber has dedicated his life to studying and teaching the Talmud, a written compilation of Jewish oral [...]

  7. Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race

    When Sarah Bopp began having shortness of breath and chest pain, she was surprised to learn that the problem was a heart condition that could have taken her life. But now open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic has the 29-year-old back in competition and more fit than ever. Sarah Bopp has been a competitive swimmer since [...]

  8. Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

    For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety. Jennifer Hunter uses art to express herself and?identity with the world. It's a tool that helps her process information and [...]

  9. Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

    After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery. Hugo de Jager, a native of South Africa who now lives in [...]

  10. 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. [...]

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