‘A real pioneer’
Asked if he wanted to undergo a groundbreaking surgery to rebuild his heart, 11-year-old Trent Ahlefeld said, ‘I’ll take a risk to make myself feel better.”
Hope College running back Mike Miklusicak suffered two severe knee injuries. After two surgeries, he's back toting the rock and scoring touchdowns.
Medical teams from two hospitals work through the night to save the lives of a mother and her newborn child.
Candus Jones comes from 'a long line of cast-iron skillet women.' That toughness came in handy as she faced a rare and debilitating condition.
Aided by real-time X-ray images, Dr. Vettukattil guided the stent through a vein in the groin up to Mark's superior vena cava. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
Fisher uses the giant orange ball to help develop his neck muscles. "Even improving his head control is life-changing," she says. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
Little Kamryn Ann Klotz entered this world via emergency C-section, six weeks before her scheduled due date. Doctors asked her parents if cystic fibrosis was in their family history. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
Nicole Campbell has lived her entire life coping with the pain and uncertainty of a rare, chronic illness. Her biggest challenges were yet to come. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
"It was a shock," Rena says. "But my general thinking is if she's not sad by it, then I'm not allowed to be. I try to be strong for her." (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
Jack Hofstra survived the Battle of the Bulge and his time in Western Europe "without a scratch." Doctors recently replaced the World War II veteran's failing aortic heart valve. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
Shanna Ruffner began experiencing numbness and pain in her hands and fingers last year. The pain kept getting worse. Working, and riding, became increasingly difficult. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)Explore this story
The special package, flown in express from Europe, is a ‘bag of life’ for Lilly who’s undergoing a bone marrow transplant thanks to a stranger’s heartfelt donation. In this special Health Beat series, Lilly takes us through her journey as a way of promoting the gift of life.