Minnesota patient stories

  1. Defying Odds to Make it Through to a Heart-Lung Transplant

    Aryn Clark needed a heart-lung transplant, but the wait was almost sure to be a long one. Advanced technology that did the work of her heart and lungs during that wait kept her healthy enough to be ready once transplant organs became available. Aryn Clark was born with two holes in her heart, a condition [...]

  2. 62-Year-Old Spinal Fusion Stands the Test of Time

    In 1956, spinal fusion surgery was in its infancy. But the pioneering medicine Joyce Gugler received for scoliosis from her Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at that time set her on the path to a pain-free future. Even at age 13, Joyce Weisman Gugler knew she was receiving state-of-the-art treatment when, in 1956, she underwent spinal [...]

  3. Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

    Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he'd never be able to use his right hand ? until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic. For 45 years, Craig Cretsinger lived without the use of his right hand. It was the result of a spinal cord injury he'd suffered decades earlier. The [...]

  4. Genetic Sleuths Dig Deep to Identify a Young Boy's Rare Condition

    When Karter Malcomson was born, his care team knew it was likely he had a genetic disorder. But a clear diagnosis was elusive. That's when the functional genomics team at Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine went to work. And they didn't give up until they had an answer. Karter Malcomson coos and swivels his [...]

  5. Remission Accomplished With a Novel Approach to Medication Allergy

    Bob Christmas was allergic to the medication most likely to control his recurrent multiple myeloma. His Mayo Clinic team tackled that challenge by desensitizing Bob to the medication, putting him on the road to remission. Bob Christmas had gone through a bone marrow transplant and several medication regimens to keep multiple myeloma in check. But [...]

  6. Back to Nature After Specialized Care for a Disabling Condition

    When Michael Rybak began to have trouble moving his arms, he feared his days of enjoying the outdoors may be over. But his team at Mayo Clinic was able to diagnosis and successfully treat his rare condition. Now he's back to doing what he loves. Michael Rybak is an avid photographer, kayaker, scuba diver and [...]

  7. For Baby With Rare Heart Defect, Innovative Collaboration Offers Hope

    When Ryals Sexton was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening heart defect, his parents turned to a new research consortium that offers groundbreaking treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Ryals Sexton, an infant from Alabama, was one of the first to benefit from the work of a new consortium that's helping babies across the U.S. with [...]

  8. Quick Action Paves the Way for Healing and Recovery

    In their quest for clear answers and an accurate diagnosis, an Illinois couple received prompt attention and compassionate care at Mayo Clinic. When Keith Kuzelka arrived at Mayo Clinic in August 2016, he was shocked to learn he had a form of throat cancer called HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Just days earlier, he and [...]

  9. Persistent Sore Throat Leads to Life-Saving Care

    When George Campbell was told his nagging sore throat was actually cancer, he could have stayed near home for treatment. Instead, he chose to pack up and drive 1,000 miles to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus based on a friend's positive experience there. George Campbell thought he just had a sore throat. But when the pain [...]

  10. Brain Surgery Finally Secures Restful Nights for Jo Weir

    Following cutting-edge brain scanning and precision surgery, Jo Weir is catching up on decades of sleep lost to nighttime seizures, and she's relishing her renewed energy. After more than 40 years, Jo Marie Weir is sleeping soundly. Plagued by nocturnal seizures that disrupted her nights since she was a teenager, Jo searched for decades to [...]

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