Patient Stories

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Patient Story

‘Jemima is a miracle’

Most babies with trisomy 18 never make it to birth. Those who do typically die shortly thereafter. This toddler is blasting the odds.

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Heart on the line

After bariatric surgery, Jaclyn Folkema is finally able to run, swim and play with her 9-year-old daughter.

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Visions of better tomorrows

Not all strokes happen quickly. But quick action still makes all the difference.

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‘An incredible gift’

Talk about kid-friendly surgery: Children watch live feeds from zoos and aquariums while in the operating room.

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‘They brought me back’

Following a brain cancer diagnosis, Polly Spence's family moved her from Florida to Michigan for surgery and rehabilitation.

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Living life to the fullest

Even while his body grows weaker from Parkinson’s disease, Daniel McCarthy’s spirit remains strong.

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Haylie’s mystery, solved

The Schneider family faced profound questions about their daughter’s developmental differences. Advances in genetic testing finally revealed answers.

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Doctors and their robots

Cancer survivor Caroline Laney learns firsthand how humans and machines are working together in the operating room.

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When minutes matter

A partnership between two Michigan hospitals proved instrumental in saving a Traverse City man who suffered a stroke.

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‘This changed us all’

A diagnosis of cancer—every parent’s nightmare. For the Hoffman family, it was a mountain to climb, but one they tackled with the help of everyday heroes.

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On the move again

For two years, prolapse brought Coleen Venema to a near standstill—but then she found a doctor who could put things back together.

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A year later, ‘a lot better’

Phil Simon had reached the end of the line with existing multiple sclerosis medications. A year after starting a new drug, his walking and stamina have improved.