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'I Didn't Think I'd Walk Again'

June 22nd, 2017

‘I Didn’t Think I’d Walk Again’

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A snowmobiling accident left Jered Chinnock paralyzed from the middle of his torso down. He didn’t think he’d ever walk again. But now, thanks to pioneering research, he is taking steps toward reaching that goal and others. 

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Tags: Dr. Kendall Lee, Jered Chinnock, Physical Therapy, research


On a Record-Setting Night in the ER …

June 22nd, 2017

On a Record-Setting Night in the ER …

By In the Loop intheloop

When a very sick woman entered the Emergency Department in Rochester on a night of record-setting patient volumes, staff went out of their way to make her feel like she was the only patient under their care. 

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Tags: Emergency Department, Sister Tierney Trueman


Born Too Soon, Baby Finleigh Now Thriving Thanks to Mayo NICU Team

June 20th, 2017

Born Too Soon, Baby Finleigh Now Thriving Thanks to Mayo NICU Team

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Lisa Strike was 26 weeks pregnant when she started having contractions. Her care providers realized the baby would require specialty care and called Mayo’s NICU transport team. Today, Finleigh is a happy and healthy 2-year-old.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Children's Center, neonatal intensive care unit


Sampson Returns to Liberia After Remarkable Transformation

June 15th, 2017

Sampson Returns to Liberia After Remarkable Transformation

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After several months and several surgical treatments at Mayo Clinic, Sampson returned with pride to the Liberian village where he had once been labeled an outcast due to facial deformities that marred his appearance and his vision.  

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Tags: Dr. Samir Mardini, Neurofibromatosis, Plastic Surgery


Andy Romaniuk Is a One-Man Walking Polka Party

June 13th, 2017

Andy Romaniuk Is a One-Man Walking Polka Party

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More than 30 years ago, Andy Romaniuk took his doctor’s advice and started walking. He hasn’t stopped since, logging thousands of miles, and recently added polka music to the mix. 

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Retired Physician Puts Health in Hands of His Student — Four Decades Later

June 6th, 2017

Retired Physician Puts Health in Hands of His Student — Four Decades Later

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Don Scholz, M.D., supervised many resident physicians while he was on staff at Mayo Clinic. Nearly forty years later, Dr. Scholz needed treatment for a leaking heart valve and found himself in the care of a former student.  

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Tags: cardiology, Dr. Don Scholz, Dr. John Bresnahan, Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, volunteer


Coasting Through Proton Beam Treatments

June 1st, 2017

Coasting Through Proton Beam Treatments

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When 4-year-old Sam Davidson first came to Mayo Clinic for proton beam therapy treatments, he was understandably scared. But before long, Sam was happily peddling through the halls on the way to his appointments.

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Tags: Brain Tumor, Child Life Specialist, Dr. Anita Mahajan, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Proton Beam Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Randy Mc Keeman


Olympic Gold Medalist's Search for Pain Relief Spans 3 Continents and 32 Years

June 1st, 2017

Olympic Gold Medalist’s Search for Pain Relief Spans 3 Continents and 32 Years

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Romanian gymnast Lavinia Agache won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, but her gymnastics career was cut short by a devastating knee injury that would plague her for decades. This year, she finally found relief at Mayo Clinic

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Tags: Dr Edward Laskowski, Dr. Mark Pagnano, Lucia Dumitrascu, Orthopedics, sports medicine


Superman Flies in to Brighten the Day for One Young Cancer Patient

May 25th, 2017

Superman Flies in to Brighten the Day for One Young Cancer Patient

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Superman recently took a break from fighting crime — and washing windows — to touch the life of one very special young cancer patient. 

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Tags: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Chemotherapy, Child LIfe Program, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


Heart Failure Not Enough to Alter Young Athlete's Ironman Dreams

May 23rd, 2017

Heart Failure Not Enough to Alter Young Athlete’s Ironman Dreams

By In the Loop intheloop

Because Kari Turkowski has been an athlete her entire life, the fact that she’ll compete in an Ironman this fall isn’t surprising — until you realize she’ll do so despite a diagnosis of heart failure.

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Tags: cardiac ablation, heart failure, Mayo Clinic Rochester


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