Patient Stories

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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.”

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A patient’s gratitude

Marley Del Carmen nearly died of pneumonia around Christmastime 2017. A year later, he returned to thank the doctor he credits with saving his life.

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‘I really see God’s hand’

A soccer player defies the odds of cardiac arrest thanks to a teammate’s quick action.

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Solving cancer

A teenager gifted in math overcomes his illness one step at a time.  

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‘It’s like a pebble in your shoe’

After Madalin Wixson suffered a sports injury, doctors discovered a bone tumor. After surgery, she's back to playing sports pain-free.

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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.

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‘Back up on the growth curve’

When his weight plateaued, baby Connor got eating and drinking assistance from a speech pathologist.

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‘A great opportunity’

In finding an on-demand nursing service, a Michigan woman found cherished independence for her Vietnam veteran father.

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‘His birthday will always be a party’

Riggs Wilder Deming is the first baby of the year.

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Your top stories of 2018

From miracles to mysteries, you loved these best of the best Health Beat stories.

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Sweet babies, sweet names

Four newcomers crack the top-10 baby name lists this year.

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‘It’s very scary to have this’

Corey Ledin Bristol felt short of breath. He never dreamed it could lead to a short life.