Patient Stories

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From the flu to 50 days in the ICU

After seven years, lung failure patient asks her doctors, “Am I still the sickest patient you ever had that lived?”

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‘It’s a wonder I’m alive’

When Lester Cramer developed a blockage in his carotid artery, his surgeons used a new technique shown to reduce risk of strokes.

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‘I’m a warrior’

Fabiola Garnett suffered cardiac arrest at age 13. Two decades later, she received the gift of a heart.

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‘They are so blessed’

Parents of children with rare genetic diseases celebrate their daughters' unique gifts.

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Heart of mystery

A 3-D model helps a 10-year-old boy understand his unique anatomy. And it helps his doctors plan his treatment.

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See the doctor in your PJs

'Like FaceTime’ for health care, MedNow sees a huge surge this flu season. One patient shares how it saved her money and the hassle of leaving home.

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‘Loretta, no cancer’

After three cancer scares, Loretta Staskey finds solace in the kindness of her doctor and those she encourages with inspirational notes.

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From Wales: A rainbow warrior princess

Mia Chambers, 6, travels far from home for medical care, all in hopes of keeping her cancer in remission.

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‘Live grateful’

Evan Beukema played football in a state championship game. Now, after surviving cancer, he's celebrating being part of the big game.

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When two hearts beat as one

Twin brothers John and Tom Pantlind shared many experiences growing up. Now they share an end to their heart troubles.

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‘We’re just thankful she got through it’

Emily VanKeuren thought a lump on her collarbone was nothing to be concerned about. Cancer tests proved otherwise.

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Phil Simon’s big hope

At a critical point in the progression of his multiple sclerosis, a local chef pins his hopes on a breakthrough medication.