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February 9, 2022

Brain cancer diagnosis inspires patient’s dissertation dedication to caregivers

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In 2017, Rachel Krueger received a brain cancer diagnosis. Later that year, she began working toward her doctorate. She’d end up dedicating her research – and her dissertation itself – to those who helped make her studies possible. Five years ago, Rachel Krueger was wheeled into an operating room at Mayo Clinic to have a […]

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Tags: Alison Sadowy, Dr. Fredric Meyer


January 25, 2022

After a canceled flight, nurse takes the wheel and drives patients to Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When a group of patients heading to Mayo Clinic got stuck at the airport in Minneapolis, they hitched a ride to Rochester with a new friend — a Mayo Clinic nurse who had waited with them through multiple weather delays. Oh, the weather outside was frightful in Minnesota on Dec. 26. That was bad news […]

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Tags: Judi Mills


January 19, 2022

Dr. Brian Hardaway is a transplant trifecta: Transplant physician, donor, recipient

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Transplant medicine got a hold on Brian Hardaway, M.D., early, through his own experience and observing others who received that gift. As a physician, organ donor and a recipient, he knows the effect transplants can have on patients and everyone around them. The young doctor watched with fascination as the transplant cardiologists he was shadowing […]

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Tags: Dr. Brian Hardaway, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


January 14, 2022

A shared heart: Two families come together after tragedy, transplant

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Before July 2017, Carson Gigstad’s family had no connection to Amanda Hansen’s family. Today, the families share a bond that grew out of tragedy and turned into hope. Around the 15th of every month, Christin Gigstad and Tina Haug think of each other. They pick up their phones and text. Even if they’ve already talked […]

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Tags: Dr. John Stulak, heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


January 10, 2022

Kidney donation ‘a gift from one grandparent to another’

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

In the 1990s, Bethany Krom and Karen Nick both worked at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. When Bethany moved to Minnesota, the two kept in touch via Facebook. Twenty years later, that Facebook friendship would lead Bethany to give a lifechanging gift to Karen’s husband, John. Bethany Krom had never met John Nick. But she knew […]

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Tags: Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


January 7, 2022

How an 11-year-old’s Sharpie drawing made a Mayo nurse’s day

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Excited to complete his COVID-19 vaccination series, 11-year-old Bennett McConnell decided to surprise his nurse with a special message when he rolled up his sleeve. The unexpected thank-you was a highlight for the team at the vaccination clinic. The COVID-19 pandemic became real for Bennett McConnell during a family trip to Walt Disney World in […]

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Tags: Katie Lumley, Lara Beacom, Mark McConnell


January 6, 2022

Hospital proposal receives standing ovation from family and Mayo Clinic staff

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Jake Bieze’s girlfriend walked beside him as he made the decision to donate a kidney to his father. Before leaving Mayo Clinic after the surgery, Jake asked her to take another walk with him — this one down the aisle. Jake Bieze had just one more thing to do before he left Mayo Clinic Hospital […]

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Tags: Kidney transplant, Meagan Davis


December 6, 2021

Young patient determined to diminish discomfort for other patients like her

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

When a young patient investigated ways to make her biweekly blood draws less painful, she discovered a Mayo Clinic presentation and staff at Mayo who were more than happy to help her, even though she was a patient elsewhere. For an entire month, Ryan Black felt like she was living with chronic altitude sickness. “My […]

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Tags: Dr. Darci Block, Kay Bos, Mayo Clinic Laboratories


November 29, 2021

Princess Vada leaves Mayo Clinic in style after finishing cancer treatment

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

After all his daughter, Vada, has been through — including 46 rounds of chemotherapy — Matt Wiginton wanted her to leave the hospital in style. She had a certain dress in mind. He was thinking of something bigger. Matt Wiginton walked toward the doors that would take him out of Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, […]

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Tags: Dr. Candace Granberg, Dr. William Shaughnessy, Wilm's tumor


November 23, 2021

Child Life brings joy to Mayo’s youngest patients — and you can, too

By In the Loop In the Loop (@intheloop)

Child Life staff in Rochester have created an Amazon wish list with items to meet Child Life’s current needs. The program has made a big difference for 5-year-old Liam. On Oct. 20, Stephanie Kiefer and her 5-year-old son, Liam, made a special delivery to Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital: 28 Lego sets. There was a space shuttle and car […]

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Tags: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Child LIfe Program, Jennifer Rodemeyer, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, Stephanie Kiefer


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