Category: Patient Stories

New lungs, new life

New lungs, new life

In November 2015, Steve Nix, then 46, started feeling tired all the time and had difficulty catching his breath, but he considered these things minor problems and didn’t think much about them. Then his symptoms got much worse and couldn’t be ignored.
Nix says he reached a point when he couldn’t complete even the easiest

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The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Ruby Morgan-Dermody, a feisty 89-year-old who exercises daily, thought she was pretty healthy. At a visit to her primary-care physician, Ruby told the doctor she “felt a bit tired, but I’m an old lady!” While listening to Ruby’s heart, her physician told her things weren’t working the way they should. “Sure they are,” she remembers

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Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Professional banker and grandfather, Dennis Hesker, 62, loved spending time with his family but found he was slowing down due to the emergence of some mysterious pain in his back and shoulders in early 2012. The pain was making it difficult to do the things he loved, including playing with his grandchildren and working on

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Advanced technology, transplant help young mother breathe on her own again

Advanced technology, transplant help young mother breathe on her own again

As an operating room nurse in her hometown of Salem, Ill., Nicole Jenkins knows what it’s like to be there to help others in a time of need. However, she wasn’t prepared to become a patient, fighting for her life. Her journey started with a 104-degree fever in September 2013. It ended with her walking

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Behind the Scenes of Our Ad Campaign

Behind the Scenes of Our Ad Campaign

What the hospital really is, is a collection of people—staff and the patients they care for—all of whom have amazing stories to tell.
There’s a good reason nearly every broadcast season since the dawn of the television age has had in its lineup at least one, if not several, hospital dramas or comedies. Marcus Welby,

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Hard-to-heal wound finally improves with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Hard-to-heal wound finally improves with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Lance Trousdale was starting to give up hope after living with a painful, tennis-ball-sized ulcer on his foot for the last year and a half. Unable to fight the infection on his own due to poor circulation caused by diabetes, Trousdale, 39, tried various ways to cope with the ulcer.
He has worked

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Hip replacement patient refuses to slow down

Hip replacement patient refuses to slow down

At the age of 61, Rosemary Schriefer struggled with pain in her hip and relied on a cane for even the shortest walks. But since mobility and independence have always been important to her, she decided to fight back.
Now 63, she works out on the elliptical machine at her local YMCA and takes Zumba

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Rev. Mahurin officiates wedding weeks after livesaving surgery

Rev. Mahurin officiates wedding weeks after livesaving surgery

A wedding isn’t really a wedding in the Mahurin family if the Rev. Randy Mahurin doesn’t preside over the event. He’s conducted the ceremonies for his three children and countless other family members. So when his granddaughter, Ashley Crocker, set the date, she expected her grandfather to be there.
But heart troubles landed the reverend

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Patient weds long-time love

Patient weds long-time love

John Wiley thought that when the time was right, he would propose to Marilyn Curtis. He bought a ring so he would be ready.
Wiley, a former engineer for the U.S. Navy, is 76. Curtis is 64. They have been together for 23 years. “What we had just worked for us,” Wiley says. “We were

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