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October 14, 2021 · Leave a Comment

90 minutes of CPR saves a life – and reinspires a department

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When a patient in cardiac arrest came to the Emergency Department in Florida, staff steeled themselves for the worst. But the patient’s survival depended on them to bring their best, in spite of the odds. The call came into the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic in Florida: Cardiac arrest, arriving in five minutes. It was […]

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Tags: Dr. Anna Demian, Dr. Leslie Simon, Emergency Department, Mayo Clinic in Florida


October 5, 2021 · Leave a Comment

After catastrophic knee injury, McKenzie Milton back in the game thanks to grueling surgery, rehabilitation

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After a gruesome knee injury, McKenzie Milton faced not only an uncertain future in football but a question as to whether he’d walk again without pain. His return to the field this fall surprised even his Mayo Clinic surgeon. McKenzie Milton knows about teamwork. Milton, a quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, has been leading […]

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Tags: Dr. Bruce Levy, Orthopedic Surgery


September 21, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Young patient’s ‘Chicken Strong’ advice: ‘Always be strong and never give up’

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Young Kenedi Schoeneck was diagnosed at Mayo Clinic with Wilms’ tumor, a rare type of kidney cancer. She and her sister, Tenley, chronicle Kenedi’s experience in “Chicken Strong,” a children’s book. Kenedi Schoeneck’s journey to Mayo Clinic started on a Slip’ N Slide. “We had a day with a Slip’ N Slide, and that night […]

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Tags: Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Wilm's tumor


June 10, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Nurse’s care during frightening time motivates family’s gift to Mayo Clinic

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A family’s gratitude for the care provided to their young son led them to provide scholarships to pediatric nurses at Mayo Clinic for continuing education, certification or conference attendance. Jessica Mc Nallan, young Nathan’s nurse, says she’s humbled and notes that the inspiration goes both ways. On a scary night in the Pediatric Intensive Care […]

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Tags: Jessica Mc Nallan, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


June 8, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Positive vaccination experience makes big difference for young man with Down syndrome

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The parents of a young Florida patient were so grateful for the caring approach offered to their son during his COVID-19 vaccine appointment that they called back to express their appreciation and share their story. When the father of a 19-year-old patient with Down syndrome brought his son, Tyler White, for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, […]

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Tags: Michele Jordan, Windell Smith


May 20, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Young Lewis Lechtenberg rocks Mayo Clinic, spreads joy during his proton treatment

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While rocking his proton beam radiation treatment, a four-year-old battling brain cancer decided to add something to his Rochester trips to bring some joy to others. Walking around the grounds at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, it’s not unusual to see a rock here or there. But inside Mayo’s buildings might be another story. And the […]

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April 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Oncology nurse gives patient entering hospice one last adventure

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Aggie Morgan was about to go into hospice care regretting that she’d never been on a hot air balloon ride. One of her nurses had other plans. Aggie Morgan has always been adventurous. She’s been skydiving, scuba diving and enjoyed vacations with her husband, John Morgan, in the jungles of Central America. Entering her 70s, […]

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Tags: Andreas Cancer Center, Kerry Olson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato


March 26, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Pediatric cardiovascular surgeon adds extra touch of care with artwork on her patients’ bandages

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Pediatric patients under the care of Elizabeth Stephens, M.D., Ph.D., may wake up from surgery with art on their chest. It all started when she spontaneously surprised Dalton Hinman with a drawing of a bulldog on his bandage when he awoke from surgery. There’s a story behind that. Creating a connection with a child undergoing […]

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Tags: Dr. Elizabeth Stephens, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery


March 1, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Wall of Heroes honors organ donors, has special connection to family of retired nurse

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A new Wall of Heroes on the Saint Marys Campus recognizes blood, organ, eye, tissue and whole-body donations. The wall is also an extra-special honor for the family of Chris Kopp, a former Mayo Clinic nurse. Chris Kopp has fond memories of her sister, Gail Paulson. “She was a remarkable person. Her smile and contagious […]

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Tags: transplant, Wall of Heroes


March 12, 2020 · Leave a Comment

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


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