Category: Patient Stories

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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Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Type 1 diabetes and kidney failure are both devastating conditions on their own. Together, they can be overwhelming.
Yes, insulin and dialysis can keep patients alive. But with a strict diet, daily insulin injections, the rigorous routine of dialysis treatments and many complications make it very difficult to live life to the fullest – or for very long.
For some patients, a

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Joplin Tornado Victim Helps ICU Patients Tell Their Stories

The patient was like many others who came to Michele Gatzert’s ICU – elderly, heavily sedated and on a ventilator. He was seldom conscious and when he was, he couldn’t speak.
What set him apart? This particular patient led Gatzert to find a way for her staff to better connect with their patients and patient

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