Florida patient stories

  1. New Heart, New Hope and a Real Chance at a Future

    After years of struggling with cardiomyopathy, a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic renewed Thomas Kim's health and rekindled his confidence in the future. Thomas Kim had all but forgotten what it was like to make long-term plans. With his wife, Yona, by his side, the 48-year-old spent years focused on trying to figure out what [...]

  2. Microsurgery Provides Much-Needed Relief to Teen With Lymphedema

    Hobbled with painful ankle swelling for a year, Amanda Garrett finally found answers and a solution at Mayo Clinic. Amanda Garrett's ankle was painful and extremely swollen, and for a year, no one could tell her why. The 18-year-old went from specialist to specialist to determine what was causing her left ankle to swell up [...]

  3. Former NATO Engineer Back in the Game After Shoulder Replacement

    When he began to have serious shoulder pain, James Biond feared his decades-long enjoyment of racquetball might come to an end. But his Mayo Clinic surgeon put those fears to rest. Now after shoulder replacement, James has returned to his favorite sport pain-free. Despite five knee operations and chronic arthritis, James Biond has always enjoyed [...]

  4. Liver and Kidney Transplants Revive Ron Hale's Zest for Life

    A host of serious medical problems put Ron Hale on a downward spiral of deteriorating health. But a liver and a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic stopped Ron's decline and dramatically improved his quality of life. Diagnosed with cirrhosis in March 2013, Ron Hale spent several long years coping with declining health and frequent hospitalizations. [...]

  5. Freed From Lymphedema by Unique, Minimally Invasive Surgery

      Joni Carithers was forced to deal with swelling in her arm due to lymphedema for years following breast cancer surgery. But in 2016, microsurgery at Mayo Clinic finally relieved the discomfort that had vexed her for so long. Joni Kay Carithers is the kind of person who doesn't let anything get in her way, [...]

  6. Ankle Surgery Gives Swimmer Another Chance to Pursue Her Dreams

    Frustrated by ongoing pain, Lexi Riley considered giving up on swimming ? a sport she loves. But ankle surgery at Mayo Clinic solved the problem, and now Lexi is thrilled to be back in the pool. Swimming means the world to Alexis "Lexi" Riley. But when an ankle injury left her with significant ongoing pain [...]

  7. Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Restores Active Lifestyle for Mini Kincaid

    ? Over time, knee pain began to severely limit Mini Kincaid's enjoyment of the activities she loved. But with robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic, Mini is ready to get back in action. Herminia "Mini" Kincaid has been active her entire life ? running, skiing and playing everything from soccer to golf to tennis. [...]

  8. Expert Stroke Care has Allen Witcher Walking, Cooking and Dancing Again

    After a stroke, Allen Witcher required complex surgery, followed by months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Thanks to that comprehensive treatment, Allen now relishes each new day he has to enjoy. Married for 54 years, Allen and Betsy Witcher like being active together. They particularly enjoy ballroom dancing and going for daily walks. But it [...]

  9. Working in Harmony to Keep a Musician Singing

    When Becky Loar injured her voice, she was alarmed by the prospect of not being able to sing. But her care team at Mayo Clinic provided Becky with the treatment she needed to hit the high notes once again. When Becky Loar entered a recording studio in July 2016, it was the culmination of a [...]

  10. Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

    When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health. It's been almost four years since Vincent Arnold began feeling winded and feeling like his heart was [...]

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