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Transplant Patient's Mother Becomes Mayo Volunteer

January 31, 2019

Transplant Patient’s Mother Becomes Mayo Volunteer

By In the Loop intheloop

Kim Van Roekel is no stranger to Mayo Clinic. She’s spent more than a year in Rochester awaiting a heart transplant for her daughter, Becca, and volunteering her time at her home away from home.

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Tags: dextrocardia with situs inversus, heart failure, heart transplant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Sisters Crossing Gift Shop, volunteer


Hospice Team Goes 'Above and Beyond' To Help Patient Attend Family Wedding

January 17, 2019

Hospice Team Goes ‘Above and Beyond’ To Help Patient Attend Family Wedding

By In the Loop intheloop

When Glenn Zell’s Mayo hospice team learned that one of his goals was to attend his grandson’s wedding, they went out of their way to make sure it happened.

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Tags: Emily Black, heart failure, Mayo Clinic Hospice Program, Mayo Clinic in Rochester


Pneumonia Foils Patient's Ironman Dreams (for Now)

September 19, 2017

Pneumonia Foils Patient’s Ironman Dreams (for Now)

By In the Loop intheloop

Kari Turkowski’s bid to compete in her first Ironman competition since being diagnosed with stage 2 heart failure was cut short, but her determination remains.

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Tags: heart failure, Ironman triathlon, pneumonia


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

May 23, 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


January 24, 2017

From Heart Failure to the Finish Line

By In the Loop intheloop

Monica Harlow looked around at the people lined up to run the 26.2 miles of the Rock and Roll Marathon in Phoenix. “Every one of these runners has a story,” she thought. “Everyone is here for a reason.” Perhaps none more so than Monica herself. Nine years ago, Monica could run only a short distance […]

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Tags: atrial septal defect, Cardiac Surgery, Heart Disease, heart failure


October 11, 2016

He Couldn’t Travel to His Daughter’s Wedding, So Mayo Brought It to Him

By In the Loop intheloop

Brooke Skahill’s wedding was a month away when her father, Scott Falline, was hospitalized with heart failure at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. He needed a transplant, and he wouldn’t make it out of intensive care in time to walk his daughter down the aisle. “It was devastating,” Brooke tells us. “My wedding was a day […]

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Tags: Becky Lopez-Rodriguez, heart failure, Ron Porter


May 5, 2016

Heart Failure Won’t Keep Him From Starting Line at VAD 5K

By In the Loop intheloop

When faced with a challenge, Steve Nuttall’s typical response is, “Bring it on.” Born with transposition of the great arteries, Steve says he’s “been a fighter all my life.” He’s had to be. The serious heart condition has required numerous surgeries over the years. “They told me I’d be lucky to make it to 18, […]

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Tags: heart failure, heart transplant, Transposition of the Great Arteries, ventricular assist device


August 27, 2015

Hope for Healing Aria’s Broken Heart

By In the Loop intheloop

UPDATE: Aria received a heart transplant on Sunday, Sept. 13. See the story on KAAL-TV’s website or see Aria’s Facebook page. “Are you going to fix Aria’s broken heart?” Noah, age 3, and Tristan, age 5, ask their sister’s doctors. “They know Aria is really sick,” says mom, Tara Grams. It’s all still hard for Tara and her […]

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Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, ECMO, heart failure, restrictive cardiomyopathy


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