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Arizona patient stories

Unable to Outpace Tumors, Karen Ramsey Fights Back With Attitude

Courage. Optimism. Acceptance. Those are just a few of the attributes that define the determination of Karen Ramsey, whose rare medical condition makes her a member of an exclusive club. One to which she would much prefer not to belong. Karen has Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, or VHL, in which a gene mutation causes her body [...]

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Florida patient stories

Teamwork Gives Maureen Connell an Accurate Diagnosis and Much-Needed Relief From Hydrocephalus

Barry Connell couldn?t be happier to have his wife of 53 years, Maureen, back. Though the couple spent 16 years traveling cross-country after Barry retired as president of a manufacturing company in Connecticut, nothing prepared them for the difficult journey they would embark on when Maureen?s health began to decline rapidly in 2015. For the [...]

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Minnesota patient stories

Daughter?s Persistence Leads to Discovery of a Life-Threatening Aortic Aneurysm

Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor?s appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. ?I?m just that type. I don?t go to the doctor ever ? unless I?m [...]

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Cancer patient stories

Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota,?was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife?told him he was completely yellow ? not from the sun streaming [...]

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Cardiovascular patient stories

Daughter?s Persistence Leads to Discovery of a Life-Threatening Aortic Aneurysm

Morgan Burke spent years urging her father, Tony Burke, to make a doctor?s appointment. When Tony was 12 years old, he had open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic to repair aortic stenosis. But as an adult, the 48-year-old avoided most medical care. ?I?m just that type. I don?t go to the doctor ever ? unless I?m [...]

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Transplant patient stories

Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

There is no doubt in Richard Parker?s mind that he?s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic. Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to [...]

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Neurosciences patient stories

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 [...]

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Pediatric patient stories

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 [...]

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