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Patient Story

Merritt’s mystery

Merritt Smith experienced seizures and missed developmental milestones. Genetic testing revealed the cause—a missing chunk of a chromosome.

Patient Story

Eager to breathe

An Ionia man becomes the first in Michigan to undergo an innovative new treatment for severe emphysema.

Patient Story

Finding a rhythm

When it came time for doctors to repair her damaged artery, knitting aficionado Betty Houtman found solace in her craft—and is now living more vibrantly than ever.

Patient Story

‘Our first moment of joy’

As Sid Sybenga lay in critical condition following a cardiac arrest, an innovative lung treatment gave his family hope for his recovery.

Patient Story

‘Full of beauty’

It took a team of specialists to deliver Willow safely. At 4 days, she underwent surgery. Through everything, her parents see God’s blessings.

Patient Story

A new way to fight

Jeremy Rootes' immune cells are trained to recognize and destroy his lymphoma cells in CAR T-cell therapy, a groundbreaking cancer treatment.

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‘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.”

Patient Story

Just like Wonder Woman

After undergoing da Vinci robotic surgery to remove her lung cancer, Roxanne Nelson is amazed at how quickly she has rebounded.

Patient Story

‘I’m just thankful she’s alive’

Kaitlin Frederick's first baby died. Red flags and skilled intervention saved her second baby's life.

Patient Story

‘In God’s hands’

A deer collided into his motorcycle, throwing Ken Pierce to the pavement and breaking his ribs. An innovative 'rib plating' surgery offered a quicker recovery with less pain.

Patient Story

‘So much better’

ReShape's balloons and one-on-one coaching help a swim instructor enter retirement in great shape.

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The little fighter

Ollie Lott beats the odds against a life-threatening condition with help from a surgery performed while he was still in the womb.

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