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February 12, 2024

Lung transplant patients connect at Mayo, take trip of a lifetime

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Two men with similar stories crossed paths in a Mayo Clinic support group and quickly formed a friendship. Today, they are proving to themselves and their families that physically demanding adventures are possible years after lung transplant. Phil Strom and Barry Venn are alike in many ways. They both live in Southeast Minnesota and share […]

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February 9, 2024

Hall family gives back to other families on preemie son’s first birthday

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

On Jan. 17, 2023, Kari Hall gave birth to a 1-pound, 8-ounce baby boy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Today, Waylon is a thriving one-year-old, and the Halls — grateful for the care and support they received — celebrated his birthday by giving back. The Hall family could not think of a better way to […]

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February 6, 2024

Liver donor treasures autographs from Mayo staff collected in the ‘Little Book of Values’

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Stacia Carroll intended to donate a portion of her liver to an old family friend. When he passed suddenly, she decided to give the gift of life to a stranger instead. See what she said about her experience, her keepsake book with Mayo staff signatures, and what inspires her to share her story.   The […]

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February 5, 2024

Nurses collaborate to transfuse more than 100 units of blood, save patient’s life

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When Brent Berry became ill after a liver transplant, and his condition deteriorated, a team gathered to come to his aid. He would require a massive blood transfusion protocol that required backup from across the Rochester hospital practice.

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January 30, 2024

After flatlining, elite athlete Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., finds new purpose at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

An accomplished athlete, Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., first came to Mayo Clinic as a patient searching for answers. After receiving a diagnosis, she came back as a student. Today, she’s a staff member working to find answers like the ones she was searching for years ago. Kari Turkowski, Ph.D., was working as a tax accountant in […]

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January 22, 2024

Poetry helps patient-turned-physician make sense of her medical journey

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

During medical school, Leena Danawala, M.D., began experiencing debilitating symptoms that led her to Mayo Clinic. Now a physician herself, she sometimes shares her own health journey with her patients. One way she makes sense of that journey is through poetry.

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January 17, 2024

Minnesota State Patrol helps make speedy delivery, escorting heart to Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In October, a heart became available in the Twin Cities for heart transplant patient John Neuenschwander at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. When his surgeon feared road construction might delay the organ’s arrival, he called the Minnesota State Patrol for help. As a young man, John Neuenschwander dreaded seeing flashing lights in his rearview mirror. Several […]

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January 12, 2024

Born at less than a pound, 22-week preemie makes journey from NICU to home sweet home

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Tiny Heeran entered the world at just 22 weeks, more than four months before his due date. Though he weighed less than a pound at birth and faced significant challenges, he’s now home and thriving thanks to the support of a multidisciplinary team of experts and his loving parents.

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December 28, 2023

Child Life staff and their accomplices bring holiday magic to the hospital for Mayo’s youngest patients

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Child Life staff make sure the holidays are special for Mayo’s youngest patients through visits from Santa, a balloon brigade and gifts galore. But they couldn’t do it alone. Find out how Mayo staff, community members, and former patients and their families come together to make holiday magic.

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December 8, 2023

Mayo Clinic Health System physician-turned-patient celebrates wedding a week and a half after cancer diagnosis — thanks to her care team

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Christina Wika, D.O., learned she had leukemia a week and a half before her wedding. Treatment plans took over wedding plans, until her care team suggested hosting the wedding at the hospital. They worked together to plan “a perfect evening,” according to Dr. Wika. “Mayo Clinic is my first job,” she says. “And hopefully, my […]

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