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Gabrielle Giffords’ Extraordinary Journey
The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head at pointblank range on Jan. 8 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others.
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Steven Fisher Makes a Comeback
Six months after sustaining multiple traumatic injuries in a motor vehicle crash, 38-year-old Steven Fisher was walking again, thanks to the skill of the multidisciplinary team at the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute.
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Saving Maria Sonnen's Leg
At many Level I trauma centers, the outcome of Maria Sonnen's injury would have been loss of her leg. Instead, she’s back to the life she loves.
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Dylan Pugh: In the Best Hands
The Red Duke Trauma Institute answered the call when Dylan Pugh swerved to avoid an oncoming car and his truck left the road, hit a ditch, went airborne and slammed into a tree.
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Brian Southwell: A Walking Miracle
After a horrific accident, the top-notch multidisciplinary trauma team at the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute went to work to save Brian Southwell's life.
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Anthony Vallone: Without Stopping
After a devastating automobile accident that nearly took his life, Anthony Vallone is back at work at Shell Trading with barely a limp, thanks to his strength of character, a supportive family and the orthopedic trauma team at the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute.
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Chad Blackburn: On the Upswing
Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to pry apart the car and free Blackburn, who was transported to a community hospital in south Houston, where surgeons removed his spleen, stabilized him and arranged for air ambulance transport to the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute at the Texas Medical Center the following morning.
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Ishaan Pavuluri Makes A Comeback
After a near-drowning incident, a young boy benefits from the interdisciplinary care provided at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – and avoids major surgery of the airway.
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John Sigmon: Living Proof
John Sigmon attributes his remarkable recovery to the love of his wife, the power of prayer and the care provided by Atilla Ertan, M.D., FACP, AGAF, MACG, director of the Ertan Digestive Disease Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
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Martha’s Story: Partial Gastrectomy for Gastric Neuroendocrine Tumor
A trip to the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center for pain and numbness in her right leg may have saved Martha s life.
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Eyvette’s Unlikely Colon Cancer Journey
Eyvette Lopez Hetherington was an unlikely candidate for colon cancer. The 44-year-old Houston attorney and mother of two was seemingly healthy and fit, underwent annual physicals and had no family history of colon cancer. Yet, the signs were there.
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Meticulous Surgery Saves a Young Trauma Patient’s Vision
On New Year’s Eve 2012 Brendan Diffley’s father, Shane Diffley, and his stepmother, Jennifer Diffley, drove the 12-year-old to nearby Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital after he shot himself in the eye with a pencil while fashioning a makeshift paper crossbow using online directions.
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Successful Treatment Inspires a Young Woman to Study Nursing
Three days after she had LASIK surgery at another institution, 19-year-old Amy Truong noticed a white spot in her right eye. When a three-week course of antibiotics failed to resolve the issue, her eye surgeon referred her to cornea and external disease specialist Gene Kim, M.D., at the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
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A Floridian Travels to Houston for World-Class Care
By the time Randy Whitesides made it to the office of internationally recognized glaucoma expert Robert M. Feldman, M.D., the Floridian had lost the vision in his right eye.
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David and Gam: A Son Gives Life to His Mother
The family investigated other transplant centers but chose Memorial Hermann. “We felt more comfortable there,” he says. “How you feel about your team makes a big difference in your result. If you’re considering donating or transplantation, choose a team that makes you feel strong, confident and at home.”
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James and Tracy: A Good Match for Life
James and Tracy had been married for nearly 10 years when his physicians recommended kidney transplantation.
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Freddy and Bernarda: A Match through Kidney Paired Donation
Bernarda learned she had kidney problems about nine years ago, when she was 56.
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David and Jackie: 34 Years and Counting
Although the early years of kidney transplantation were marked by high rates of rejection and allograft failure, a clinical trial of the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine dramatically changed the outlook for transplant recipients.The trial began in 1979, and three years later, David was among the participants who were enrolled at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
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Bill’s Story: Chronic heartburn may be more dangerous than you think
If your heartburn is persistent and symptoms don’t improve with lifestyle changes and medication, it may be time to talk with your doctor about other options. This could be a life-saving decision.
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Jeff's Story: Surviving and Thriving
Jeff Bender is the perfect example of an old John Wayne quote: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” As a long-term survivor of kidney cancer, the 64-year-old is also one of the lucky ones.
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Bruce's Story: Chronic Heartburn can be Linked to Esophageal Cancer
Bruce Erbele's gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus are now gone and he and his family are happily sharing the message that people can benefit from new treatments that open a new chapter of a symptom-free life.
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Mackenzie's Story: A Ray of Sunshine
Mackenzie Wysong’s positive attitude and cheery outlook make the difference in how she approaches life and its challenges. Mackenzie had only been living in Houston a little more than a year when she received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013.
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Tony's Story - Tonsil Cancer
With a diagnosis of stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, Tony Lentola might have expected a treatment plan that included the traditional six weeks of radiation – and possibly chemotherapy. Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD, Tony avoided the toxic treatments,
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Larry's Story: Aortic Stenosis
During a visit with his cardiologist Larry was diagnosed with aortic stenosis. Larry was then referred to Memorial Hermann affiliated cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Dr. Tuyen (Tom) Nguyen.
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James Burke: Its Just Better To Be Happy
James Burke remembers very little about the accident. He knows it happened on November 2, 2013, and remembers hanging out with his best friend at his parents’ house before he felt a seizure coming on.
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