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Childhood Diagnosis Inspires Twin Sisters to Become Nurses and Bonds Family Through Generations

March 12, 2020

Childhood Diagnosis Inspires Twin Sisters to Become Nurses and Bonds Family Through Generations

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Michelle and Angie Dowd were introduced to Mayo Clinic as young children, when Michelle received treatment for Hirschsprung’s disease. The experience made a lasting impression on both women.

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Moir, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato


After Loss, Bereavement Keepsakes Wrap NICU Families in Love and Support

March 10, 2020

After Loss, Bereavement Keepsakes Wrap NICU Families in Love and Support

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Since 2013, Mayo Clinic NICU colleagues have sewn bereavement blankets and bags to help comfort families through some of the hardest times of their lives.

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Tags: Amie Benson, Laura Coons, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, NICU, Nuring


Grateful Patient Becomes Part of the Mayo Clinic Experience

March 5, 2020

Grateful Patient Becomes Part of the Mayo Clinic Experience

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Joe Rath’s worries before radiation therapy treatment were short lived, thanks to reassurance from his care team and what he calls the Mayo Experience.

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Tags: Dr. Bradley Stish, Marshall Klein, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, prostate cancer, Radiation Therapy


Mayo Transplant Patient Travels to South Korea to Help Spread the Magic of Organ Donation

March 5, 2020

Mayo Transplant Patient Travels to South Korea to Help Spread the Magic of Organ Donation

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Many countries outside the U.S. don’t allow organ recipients and donor families to meet, but a Mayo patient’s trip to South Korea may help change that country’s views on such meetings.

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Tags: Bev Hansen, dialysis, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Pancreas transplant, Type 1 diabetes


Living Donor Kidney Donations Connect Three Women

March 3, 2020

Living Donor Kidney Donations Connect Three Women

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Abby Rossow was just 21 when she learned she would need a kidney transplant. A friend was willing to donate but wasn’t a perfect match for Abby, so the two were placed on Mayo’s paired donation list.

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Tags: dialysis, Dr. Andrew Bentall, Kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Paired Kidney Donation Program


After Heart Transplant, Surgeon Returns to Operating Room

February 27, 2020

After Heart Transplant, Surgeon Returns to Operating Room

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After a heart transplant in 2018, Dr. Robert Montgomery, a surgeon at NYU, turned to an experimental protocol at Mayo Clinic. The new drug eliminated his tremors and allowed him to return to surgery.

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Tags: Cardiac Arrest, dilated cardiomyopathy, Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, heart arrhythmia, heart transplant, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator


Heart Disease Hasn't Slowed Record-Setting Swimmer

February 25, 2020

Heart Disease Hasn’t Slowed Record-Setting Swimmer

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Clay “Trip” Hedrick is a world-record-setting swimmer who hasn’t let heart disease — including bypass surgery — slow him down.

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Tags: Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Dr. John Stulak, Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic News Network, Mayo Clinic Radio, Stent procedure


Special Delivery Across the Miles With Some Help From Technology

February 11, 2020

Special Delivery Across the Miles With Some Help From Technology

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Lizzie Stoltz was just 30 weeks pregnant when her water broke. She was rushed to a local hospital, where providers used technology to connect with a Mayo neonatologist for help with the high-risk delivery.

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Collura, Dr. Phillip Skaar, Family Medicine, Jon Farm, Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo One


Pediatric Cancer Survivor Plans to Become Nurse to Help Kids Like Her

February 6, 2020

Pediatric Cancer Survivor Plans to Become Nurse to Help Kids Like Her

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As a child, Lydia Pankratz spent more than two years in and out of the hospital for cancer treatment. The care she received from staff at Mayo Clinic inspired the now 19-year-old to go into nursing.

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Tags: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, anemia, Mayo Clinic Connect, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Nursing


As Patient's Health Declines, Care Team Plans Double Wedding for His Family

February 4, 2020

As Patient’s Health Declines, Care Team Plans Double Wedding for His Family

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It took just four hours (and a lot of last-minute help from colleagues) for nurse David Fogarty to pull together a double wedding and create a lasting memory for a patient’s family.

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Tags: David Fogarty, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Methodist Hospital Chapel, Thyroid cancer


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