• Faizbano Rayani smiles, standing by her work desk adorned with letters and pictures.

    Faizbano Rayani: Back at Work After Auto Accident

    March 25, 2021

    After the jaws of life extracted Faizbano from her vehicle, an ambulance took her to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. She had a cut on her head and had fractured several vertebrae in her back. As an employee of Memorial Hermann, she knew she was in good hands.

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  • A portrait of TIRR Memorial Hermann patient Wanda Diamond

    Wanda Diamond: Therapy from the Comfort of Home

    February 22, 2021

    As an individual living with Parkinson’s disease, Wanda Diamond has frequent medical appointments. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country, she wanted to find other options for her routine healthcare needs that would minimize potential exposure to the virus. One solution Wanda ...

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  • TIRR Memorial Hermann brain injury patient Corey Nowlin

    Corey Nowlin: Learning to Communicate

    February 19, 2021

    In April 2020, Corey Nowlin suffered a severe head injury. Today, thanks to the TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Disorders of Consciousness program, he’s able to communicate again.

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  • Walter smiling while walking

    Redefining Wholeheartedness: Faith, Hope and a Nontraditional Approach Save Newborn’s Life

    February 9, 2021

    Kemberlee Burgert's baby was diagnosed with Ebstein anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect in which the tricuspid valve, the valve between the upper right chamber (right atrium) and the lower right chamber (right ventricle), isn’t formed properly, allowing blood to leak back into the right atriu...

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  • TIRR Memorial Hermann brain injury patient Anthony Velasquez

    Anthony: Working Hard In and Out of the Classroom

    February 9, 2021

    When the final bell of the day rang, 18-year-old Anthony Velasquez walked out of his high school just as he had on every other day. It was October 2019, and he was one of a group of teens crossing the street adjacent to his school when a car unexpectedly drove around a school bus and hit Anthony....

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  • Twins Camryn and Morgan pose together

    Camryn and Morgan: Identical Again

    February 9, 2021

    At her 8-week maternity check-up, Chanelle Smith and her husband, Patrick, were surprised and delighted to learn that Chanelle was carrying identical twins. At 28 weeks, Dr. Ramos identified a small hole in the heart of one of the babies. Additional tests revealed that the baby suffered from a co...

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  • TIRR Memorial Hermann brain injury patient Emily Claire Jackson returns to snow skiing.

    Emily Claire: Back on the Slopes

    February 9, 2021

    Emily Claire Jackson Sanders has been skiing since she was old enough to walk. Her father enjoys taking his wife and three daughters to Steamboat Springs, CO to ski during the winter months. So it was unusual when 20-year-old Emily did not come down the mountain one evening while skiing with her ...

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  • David playing soccer

    David’s Story: Freedom from IV Nutrition

    January 27, 2021

    Eight-year-old David Martinez is finally free of the intravenous (IV) tube through which he has received essential nourishment since birth. His team of physicians at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hosp...

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  • A COVID patient using assistive technology

    Grant Lashley's Long Road Back from COVID-19

    December 28, 2020

    Emergency medicine physician Grant Lashley, MD, is among the many healthcare professionals who contracted COVID-19 while treating patients during the United States’ first wave of virus cases in April 2020. While working the night shift in the emergency department at Abbeville General Hospit...

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  • Thom Knapp

    Thom's Story: The Healing Touch

    November 10, 2020

    Thom Knapp's career was put on hold as his leg became severely infected and he had to be hospitalized at Memorial Hermann facilities. Thom was first hospitalized for approximately 5 days at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, where his diabetes was treated and it was determined that he had a severe i...

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  • Anthony Antwine using a walker as he regains mobility

    Anthony: Taking a Victory Lap

    September 18, 2020

    A spinal cord injury that started as a tingling sensation in his fingers quickly developed into numbness and immobility in his legs. After diagnosis and rehabilitation with Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital - Katy, Anthony has returned home and is walking again.

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  • Ruben enjoying the out doors following rehabilitation

    Ruben: Returning to the Great Outdoors

    August 7, 2020

    The scenery was stunning—waterfalls and streams created an ideal site for hiking. Ruben Menchaca had always loved camping and being out in nature, but this time something was wrong. His lower back was hurting, and not letting up. He thought it was from the long drive he and his wife took in...

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  • Andrew outside smiling

    Andrew’s Story: Team Approach Cures Rare Lung Defect

    July 7, 2020

    When their unborn son was diagnosed with a rare and potentially life-threatening congenital birth defect, Carrie and Jordan Farrar knew they needed to find the experts, and fast. Fortunately, the couple from Tyler, Texas, was referred to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. T...

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  • Edgar Venson during rehabilitation

    Edgar Venson: Back in the Saddle

    July 7, 2020

    When a stroke threatened to take away Edgar’s ability to ride his horse or strum his guitar, he turned to Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy. In February 2018, Edgar was at home in Sealy, Texas, getting into bed for the night when he began feeling a tingling sensation in ...

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  • CDH Patient Aryah and Mom

    Aryah’s CDH Story: Thriving at 4

    June 30, 2020

    Aryah plays basketball. She cheerleads. She rides horses. She jumps on the trampoline and loves water slides. “She’s ahead of the curve for her age,” says Courtney. But that wasn’t always the case. Before Aryah was born, Courtney and her husband, Robert, learned that their baby had congenital dia...

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  • Dr. Garza in OR

    Michael’s Story: Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair

    June 18, 2020

    Looking back, Michael wonders why he waited so long to have his abdominal hernia repaired. An avid hiker and hunter, the 60-year-old Houstonian somehow managed to work around it—for 10 years. “It wasn’t particularly painful, but after being on my feet all day hiking or hunting, it felt like if so...

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  • Lewis on stage after rehabilitation

    Lewis: Back on Stage Making Music

    May 14, 2020

    After retiring in 2017, Lewis Frey turned his part-time love of playing his guitar, into a full-time job. He had regular gigs around the Houston area, and he and his band were enjoying entertaining their audiences. But, in June 2019 he had a stroke which put a pause in his playing. After his inpa...

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  • Cathy Flowers Thumbnail

    Cathy's Story: Stroke Rehabilitation

    April 16, 2020

    After having a stroke and being rushed into surgery to remove a large portion of her skull to allow for brain swelling, Cathy was accepted into TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation.

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  • Dugger Family poses together

    To Grief and Back: Joy, Heartbreak and Gratitude in the Dugger Family

    April 3, 2020

    Christine and Blake Dugger learned they were pregnant with twins in December, 2017. “The entire pregnancy was a surprise,” Christine Dugger says. “We have two older daughters, who were six and three at the time, and we were very much not planning on having more children, but whe...

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  • Sophia Smiling

    Sophia’s Story: Growth Modulation to Correct Bowed Legs

    April 1, 2020

    When Sophia was 6 or 7, her knees started to bow. At around age 8, she began experiencing knee and ankle pain. That’s when Leanne took her to see Dr. Younas, a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and an associate professor in the Departm...

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  • Read about Kevins Story Hometown Care

    Kevin's Story: Hometown Care

    February 11, 2020

    Knowing that patients and their families prefer to receive medical care in their hometown, Brant Lipscomb, M.D., a Memorial Hermann-affiliated orthopedic surgeon and team physician for The Woodlands High School (TWHS), rode home with TWHS football player Kevin Butts and his family after Kevin was...

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  • Karl Keul

    Knee Replacement Surgery Gets Karl Back on the Golf Course

    December 28, 2019

    After knee replacement surgery, Karl was surprised how much his knee pain had diminished. He attributes this to the pre-surgery protocol that Dr. Mathis follows — taking pain medications, etc. Once he got through the eight weeks of physical therapy, Karl’s mobility increased considerably and he s...

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  • Jaclyn Pelicotte smiling in front of a fountain

    Jaclyn Pellicotte: Small Steps Toward Her Goals

    September 30, 2019

    When Jaclyn was admitted to the TIRR Memorial Hermann Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) Program, she was not responding to any commands. But the first thing the therapist said when she arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann was, ‘we’re going to get her up.’ At that point Jaclyn had bee...

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  • Gages

    Gage's Story: Pectus Surgery Puts Basketball Star Back on the Court

    August 14, 2019

    Gage Hulse is having the time of his life. The 19-year-old basketball star from Huffman, Texas, recently graduated from high school and is college bound on a full-ride athletic scholarship. During his senior year, he led his team, the Huffman Falcons, to a record-breaking season and a district ch...

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  • The Lee Family's Story

    August 6, 2019

    After visiting Mr. Lee's Pearland convenience store one morning, as he had every day for 16 years, Officer Castillo noticed Mr. Lee didn't greet him as normal. As Officer Castillo turned the corner, he saw Mr. Lee laying on the ground bleeding from his head. "I told him to hang in there as the m...

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  • Cason Cox

    Cason's Story: Boy Born With Half A Heart Undergoes Innovative Procedure Giving Him A Normal Heart

    April 22, 2019

    During her 20-week ultrasound, Savannah’s obstetrician diagnosed that her unborn baby’s heart was abnormally small and referred her to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. The specialist ordered a dedicated fetal echocardiogram (“echo”), a specialized ultrasound of the fe...

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  • Usama tells his story

    Usama: Family Once Again

    February 16, 2019

    Usama's son went through the adult program at PaRC. He always wondered why his son couldn't get his act together, but it never dawned on him that he was abusing substances. When he was admitted to PaRC, Usama used to come and see him on Sundays and then he and his wife would go to the family educ...

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  • Danielle tells her story

    Danielle: Connecting with People

    February 16, 2019

    Danielle never thought she would have an addiction. "It went from, oh, I would never spend $30 for a pill to every weekend, to every single day, and then to smoking heroin because it's cheaper, to shooting heroin because it worked," She says. She called her mom and told her that she had a problem...

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  • Gregory tells his story

    Gregory: On the Side of Recovery

    February 16, 2019

    Gregory has tried numerous times to kick his addiction on his own before finally trying another way. He sought out professional help at the PaRC and it saved his life. He uses the teachings of the PaRC along with sponsors, fellowship and his network to live the life he does now. He says, "My life...

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  • Qousey tells his story

    Qousey: Surrendering Leads to Hope

    February 16, 2019

    Qousey's addiction started when he was a teenager. Every day he was looking for the next high. It took for him to see how bad it got before recovery was even fathomable. "The hardest thing was to surrender. To me, surrender means not admitting defeat, but it means to advance in a different direct...

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  • Mikah and Brittany

    A Miracle Baby for the Pinedas

    February 6, 2019

    When Brittany Pineda learned she was pregnant with her fourth child, she knew she would go to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for pregnancy care.

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  • Aubree Ford

    Aubree Ford: Positive Steps Towards Independence

    January 7, 2019

    Aubree was diagnosed as a baby with spastic triplegic cerebral palsy. In her case, both her legs and her left arm had spasticity – a condition that made her affected limbs rigid and stiff. Because of the spasticity, Aubree has had physical therapy since she was a baby to help manage it. She has n...

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  • Dyane and Garrett

    A Couple’s Determination - Dyane and Garrett's Story

    December 3, 2018

    As participants in the Memorial Hermann's NewStart program, Dynae and Garrett each lost 120lbs with NewStart. That's a combined 240 pounds. "Doing it as a team made it so much easier. You're going to get just a better quality of life and certainly a longer and happier life as a result of it. Why ...

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  • Read about Breast Cancer Survivor Skips Chemotherapy

    Breast Cancer Survivor Skips Chemotherapy

    November 5, 2018

    Sonya Lira has a strong family history of multiple cancers, but when she was tested for genetic mutations that might be linked to her breast cancer, there were none. “We did comprehensive genetic testing involving a complete gene sequencing of her DNA, testing for all known mutations,&rdquo...

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  • Ayala Gustov

    Double Total Knee Replacement Now I Can Enjoy More Family Fun

    October 11, 2018

    “My life turned around dramatically after total knee replacement surgery on both knees,” explains Gustavo Ayala, MD, who had the procedure done on both knees at the same time. Over a six-month period, Dr. Ayala’s condition worsened from experiencing moderate pain to battlin...

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  • Grayson Guice

    Gray’s Story: Flawless Teamwork Saves 3-Year-Old Trauma Patient’s Life

    October 10, 2018

    What began as a typical weekday evening for the Guice family of Atascocita, Texas, almost became one of unimaginable loss when 3-year-old Grayson “Gray” slipped in the bathroom onto a ceramic trash can and was impaled by a broken shard. An injury of this magnitude could easily have co...

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  • Grayson

    Grayson’s Story: Staying Ahead of Type 1 Diabetes

    August 31, 2018

    Thirteen-year-old Grayson likes typical kid things – basketball, taekwondo, running, pizza and birthday cake. For Grayson, these things, which a “typical” kid might take for granted, carry a potential danger. Without proactive management of his insulin intake, too much physical exertion can send ...

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  • River Rasmussen with Aryia and his therapist

    River Rasmussen: A Family Finds Hope

    August 10, 2018

    After an automobile accident left him bedridden and unresponsive, River's sister found hope for him with the TIRR Memorial Hermann Disorders of Consciousness Rehabilitation Program.

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  • Mila Grace

    Mila Grace: The Little Smile Monster

    August 7, 2018

    When Natalie’s unborn baby daughter, Mila Grace, was diagnosed with spina bifida in utero, Natalie and her husband, Kevin, were stunned. After a routine ultrasound done just a week earlier, her obstetrician suspected that one of Mila Grace’s feet was clubbed and referred Natalie to a ...

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  • Beau

    Less Invasive Surgical Technique Used to Repair Baby Beau’s Heart

    August 7, 2018

    At three-and-a-half months old, Beau made Texas medical history when the hole in his tiny heart was closed with the help of a specialized, minimally invasive surgical technique offered at Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Jessica and Andrew learned th...

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  • Caleb Cante

    Caleb’s Story: Successful Emergency Surgery for Obstructed Pulmonary Vein

    August 7, 2018

    A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Fortunately, that chain was populated by an experienced and collaborative team who worked together seamlessly to diagnose, transport and treat the baby. ...

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  • Doc Monical with fish

    Grateful to Be Pain-Free, Doc Enjoys Hunting and Fishing

    July 25, 2018

    Doc Monical (“Doc”) returned from a fun four-day cruise early in 2018 with more than great memories of scenic adventures: the pain in his left leg was getting more severe. “The pain in my leg from sciatica was worse,” he recalls, “and I needed to find a solution.” Sciatica is a term that describe...

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  • Angel Marie Fields

    Surviving Breast Cancer at a Young Age Angel Marie Fields Moves on to Help Others

    July 17, 2018

    Angel Marie Fields was out with friends when she noticed that her chest felt tight and heavy. She felt a lump but did not give it much attention. After all, she was only 26. When she checked it again later, it felt like one big lump. She made an appointment with her ob-gyn, Hany Ahmed, MD, w...

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  • David Beck

    Saving a Linguist’s Tongue

    July 17, 2018

    In summer of 2017, Beck had what he thought was a canker sore that was not healing. His dentist examined it and advised him to see a specialist for a biopsy if it didn’t heal in a couple of weeks. After a biopsy that fall, he learned he had stage 2 carcinoma of the tongue and was referred t...

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  • Lexi

    Lexi’s Story: Bouncing back from a Shattered Femur

    July 5, 2018

    A double bounce on a trampoline at her brother’s birthday party sent 11-year-old Lexi spiraling out of control, landing hard on her right leg. Thankfully, Lexi would end up in the skilled hands of Lindsay Crawford, MD, an affiliated pediatric orthopedic surgeon at McGovern Medical School at UTHea...

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  • Chadrick

    Chadrick’s Story Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

    May 31, 2018

    Fourteen-year-old Chadrick, who plays outside linebacker for his school’s football team, struggled with hip soreness and stiffness for months, especially when engaging in physical activities. He took anti-inflammatories and iced his hip, but the pain and stiffness kept coming back. When his fathe...

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  • Cameron

    Cameron’s Story: Multidisciplinary Team Supports Boy on His Long Journey of Healing

    May 9, 2018

    Cameron is on the “A” honor roll in his fifth-grade class, a significant achievement for any kid. Cameron is not just any kid. He is a survivor. At 10 years of age, Cameron has already undergone 24 surgical procedures. Cameron was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition known as Mandib...

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  • Edna Doberson

    Edna Doberson: Support Means Everything

    April 12, 2018

    A few years ago, Edna Doberson began to feel tired and immediately knew something was wrong. Edna was referred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where a thorough evaluation diagnosed her with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)/interstitial lung disease, and she was shocked to learn she ne...

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  • Gerrie Sullivan smiling

    Gerrie's Story: Pain Management Keeps Spine Surgery at Bay

    March 20, 2018

    After being told she would not be able to walk within a year without back surgery, retired nurse Geraldine “Gerrie” Sullivan sought a second opinion and found neuroradiologist and pain management specialist John Beerbower, MD. With Dr. Beerbower’s help, she is not only walking, ...

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  • Brenda Longoria holding jeans

    New Year, New Body: A Life-Changing Weight Loss Story

    March 2, 2018

    In 2012, Brenda received her first wake-up call that she had to make a change when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Doctors prescribed her with medication to help with her diagnosis. However, her weight, a risk factor of high blood pressure, continued to be an issue.

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  • Camden Daniel with medal

    Camden’s Story: Surgical Correction for Pectus

    February 23, 2018

    After year's of different diagnoses, Camden's breathing and chest pains were worsening until the doctors at Children's Memorial Hermann stepped in and got him the diagnosis and treatment he needed. Camden was diagnosed with pectus excavatum, also known as funnel chest, the most common congenital ...

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  • Joey tells his story

    Joey: Living Life in the Moment

    February 17, 2018

    Joey suffered from a drinking problem and an addiction to pain medication. He entered PaRC's pain recovery program and spent almost a month at the PaRC. He had a lot of fear going into the program, but once he was there, he saw that everybody there was working toward the same goal of recovery. He...

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  • Mark tells his story

    Mark: Learning to Love Yourself

    February 17, 2018

    Mark's life before going to the PaRC was completely chaotic. He was in and out of jails, the court systems, probation and he even went to the hospital twice after nearly overdosing. He reached out to his brother saying he needed help and that's what got the wheels going and the process going of g...

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  • Shayla tells her story

    Shayla: Redefining Herself

    February 17, 2018

    Shayla felt completely broken inside before the PaRC. When she checked herself in, she had no idea that life would be the way it was today. "Once you took away the drug and the drink, I realized that Shayla was the problem." At PaRC, she experienced something that shifted inside of her - she was ...

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  • Mina Margraf

    Mina’s Story: Teen Gymnast Overcomes Vascular Anomaly

    February 8, 2018

    Fourteen-year-old Mina is a champion. Every day, she overcomes obstacles to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a world-class gymnast. But recently, despite her hard work and fierce determination to be the best, Mina almost met her match. Mina was born with a venous malformation on her right che...

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  • Salazar Hanfland Gant Family

    Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis

    February 2, 2018

    Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem. A cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram (diagnostic cardiac ultra...

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  • Adan Rios

    Adan’s Story: From Treating Patients to Becoming One

    January 31, 2018

    When Dr. Adan Rios was diagnosed with cancer, his physician, Dr. Karni, knew it was deeply personal. One morning, Adan woke up with the left side of his neck completely swollen and assumed he had developed a lymphoma. A biopsy revealed that it was sqaumous cell cancer. The next steps were imaging...

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  • Sailors Family

    Pregnant after 40: Jennifer’s Story

    January 8, 2018

    As fall of 2011 approached, Jennifer Sailors was 40 years old and in the prime of her life. Between working and having a family, Jennifer was busy, but she was used to that. Then one day, she realized she was feeling run-down. “I thought, gosh I’m really tired,” she remembers. &...

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  • Baby Aryah

    Aryah’s CDH Story: The First FETO Intervention Patient of The Fetal Center

    January 8, 2018

    Courtney and Robert both remember the feeling of pure joy in January 2016 when finding out they were pregnant with their second child – a baby girl – after three years of trying. Their happiness soon gave way to worry, though, when Courtney’s obstetrician said her ultrasound sca...

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  • Mya Aguilar

    Bending the Curve: Mya’s Scoliosis Story

    January 7, 2018

    It was November 2014, and Mya Aguilar was three months into her eighth-grade year. She had been called down to the school nurse for an annual checkup. When the school nurse asked Mya to bend over and touch her toes, she noticed something wrong with the eighth-grader’s back. Mya’s mother, Geneva A...

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  • Read about Agees Twins TTTS

    Moving Back to Houston for the Twins

    January 7, 2018

    Already parents of two, the Agees knew this pregnancy was going to be a little more complicated than the others—but they didn’t yet realize it would mean a move back to Texas. It was when the Agees’ identical twins were 23 weeks along that the couple discovered they were sufferi...

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  • Jacob and Leah Yeglin

    A Smile So Sweet: Jacob’s Cleft Lip Story

    January 7, 2018

    On April 21, 2014, Leah Yeglin gave birth to her son, Jacob. Moments later, she began to sense something was wrong – and soon learned her intuition was right. A nurse informed her that Jacob had a cleft lip but, thankfully, was otherwise healthy. “It was a shock,” Yeglin remembers. “I thought tha...

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  • Eli and Mom in chair

    In The Blood

    January 7, 2018

    Until Christmas Day in 2010, DaVonne Christopher’s first pregnancy had been rather unremarkable. But that evening, during dinner, she went into labor, giving birth to son Eli the following day. Though no complications occurred during the delivery itself, the newborn was quickly whisked away by me...

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  • Dylan

    Off His Chest: Dylan’s Pectus Story

    January 5, 2018

    Being a teenager is often difficult and confusing. For Dylan Palomino, that was compounded by his discovery, at age 14, that he had the genetic condition known as pectus excavatum, which causes the breastbone to sink into the chest, sometimes dramatically. “I was in junior high, a time when you’r...

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  • Gavin Sager

    Filling the Gaps: Gavin’s CDH Story

    January 5, 2018

    Amy Sager was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child when, during a routine ultrasound, she found out she was carrying a boy. But for Sager and her husband, Kevin, what should have been a joyous moment soon gave way to concern. The baby’s heart, the obstetrician informed them, was pushed to the ...

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  • Laura and Max

    Max’s Story: Little Patients – More Than Just Small Adults

    January 4, 2018

    It was 6 a.m. on a summer morning when it happened: 3-year-old Max Mullervy, asleep next to his mother, Laura, rolled off the bed. He missed the cushions she had placed on the floor, and on the way down, hit his eye on the side table. Max’s scream woke his mom with a start. “It was a ...

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  • Lauren at ballet

    Sticky Situation: When Glue Fixes a Brain and Saves a Life

    January 3, 2018

    When a very rare brain condition caused fourth-grader Lauren Lackey to slip into a coma, her parents, Sandy and Mark Lackey hate to think what would have happened to their daughter if the ambulance had not made the long drive to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Mark remembers feeling i...

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  • Chloe

    Chloe's Journey With Dysautonomia

    January 3, 2018

    Chloe spent months in the offices of a local neurologist and neurosurgeon as they tried to determine what was wrong. Finally, one of them referred her to Dr. Ian Butler, a pediatric neurologist affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, about her many health concerns: headaches, lack o...

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  • Dr. Mary Austin in surgery

    A Surgeon’s Secret: As She Operated on Babies’ Birth Defects, a Doctor Hid Her Own Diagnosis

    January 2, 2018

    For many years, Dr. Mary Austin could count on one hand the people who knew. There was her close friend through middle school, who helped her pee by pushing on her lower abdomen. Years later, during her surgical training at Vanderbilt University, she confided in a mentor. Her husband knew, of cou...

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  • Wesley Robertson

    Finally at Ease: A Remarkable Surgery Cures a 3-Month-Old Baby with Epilepsy

    December 28, 2017

    By the time he was 3 months old, Wesley’s seizures were occurring up to 55 times a day — every minute or two while he was awake, and every 10 to 15 minutes when he slept. His doctor prescribed him nine different medications over the course of three months, but none provided long-lasting relief. D...

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  • Elizabeth Andrew

    Lizzy’s NICU Stay: The Bright Spot in a Dark Cloud

    December 7, 2017

    Meghann had planned a natural home birth for her first child, Elizabeth Caroline (“Lizzy”). When she started having abdominal pains at 23 weeks, her midwife ordered lab tests that came back normal. A week before Lizzy was born on January 18, 2013, severe abdominal pain sent Meghann to...

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  • Andrea

    Andrea: An Unusual Brain Tumor

    November 28, 2017

    When Andrea was 15, a CT scan showed an unusually large, dense mass in the back part of her brain - with a buildup of fluid. The imaging study revealed an unusually large, dense mass in the posterior fossa - the lower back of the skull containing the brain stem and cerebellum- with obstructive hy...

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  • Figueroa Sisters

    Iris’ Story: MoMo Twins Survive Rollercoaster Start

    November 27, 2017

    When Iris finally got her wish, an ultrasound revealed not one, but two heartbeats. Twins. Identical twins, in fact. Iris and her husband were elated. But the ultrasound indicated a potential problem, and her doctor referred her to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.&n...

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  • Michael Cassidy

    Life Flight Key to Young Father's Survival After Horrific Motorcycle Crash

    November 21, 2017

    Michael Cassidy was cruising home on his motorcycle after proudly passing a welding exam. That is when his life changed forever. Without warning, the back wheel of the motorcycle spun out, and Michael, 25, lost control. Incredibly, among the handful of people who had witnessed the accident were t...

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  • Lisa and horse

    Lisa's Story: Total Hip Replacement

    November 17, 2017

    Lisa - who had been an avid equestrian all her life - shares the story of her struggle with hip displaysia, and how the pain from it nearly forced her to give up her passion. Lisa was left devastated after the pain became too much to bear, but found hope again after learning about joint replaceme...

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  • Harper Lowery

    Pediatric Hydrocephalus: Another Infant Avoids a Shunt

    November 16, 2017

    Harper Lowery was born prematurely at 29 weeks 6 days, the larger of fraternal twins. A cranial ultrasound performed at 10 days of life revealed a bilateral intraventricular hemorrhage. With blood clots blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), Harper’s head began to enlarge to accomm...

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  • Read about Endoscopic Management Sagittal Craniosynostosis

    Endoscopic Management of Sagittal Craniosynostosis

    November 16, 2017

    A rare condition that occurs in 1 in 2,500 babies born in the United States, craniosynostosis changes the growth pattern of the skull by premature fusion of its fibrous sutures. Robert is among the 40 percent to 60 percent of cases in which the sagittal suture fuses earlier than normal. Thanks to...

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  • Dr. Sandberg in surgery

    Treating a Life-Threatening Brain Injury: From Life Flight to OR Table in Nine Minutes

    November 16, 2017

    A small bump on the head during a game at his elementary school in Lufkin, Texas – at first Landon Courtney’s injury seemed minor. The seven-year-old was playing four corners in his P.E. class in early March 2016 when his feet got tangled with a classmate’s. He fell to the gym f...

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  • Read about Saving George Grabowski’s Heart

    Saving George Grabowski’s Heart

    October 25, 2017

    George Grabowski, PhD, a physically active 64-year-old, is among those who benefited from the minimally invasive option. Last August, his internist Clifford Yut, MD, heard a heart murmur and referred Dr. Grabowski to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital for an echocardiogram. A diagnosis of se...

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  • Luis Perez

    Luis' Story: Management of Type B Aortic Dissection

    October 18, 2017

    Forty-six-year-old Luis Perez was driving with a friend on a Saturday night when he felt a small pain and a sensation of pressure in his middle upper back. He pulled over, called 911, and was immediately rushed to nearby Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and immediately transferred to the Memor...

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  • Noah Charles

    Noah's Story: Acute Appendicitis

    October 17, 2017

    When 9-year-old Noah complained of a stomachache, his mother, Susan, attributed it to everything he ate the day before. A few days later Noah went to a pediatrician, who took one look at Noah, touched his stomach and sent them straight to the nearest ER at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. There, a CT...

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  • Faith Hagler

    Faith Hagler Five Years Later: Celebrating Independence from Spina Bifida

    October 13, 2017

    Picture the bounciest, bubbliest five-year-old you can imagine. Her songs and dance moves come straight from Beyoncé. She loves bright colors and runs to the mirror to check every outfit. Her goal is to be a superstar. And she is a child who was born with spina bifida, one whose immediate future ...

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    Nick Bone: Game-Changing Weight Loss Surgery

    September 20, 2017

    After tipping the scale at more than 400 pounds -- from years of fast food, sweets and a sedentary lifestyle -- Bone said he knew it was time to make some drastic changes with his weight. A family member had success with the gastric sleeve procedure, so Bone decided to give it a try. Before the s...

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  • Read about Monica Stark

    Monica Stark: A Hunger for Normalcy

    August 10, 2017

    After emergency surgery to remove most of her esophagus, Monica Stark had no idea it would be nearly a year before she could eat solid foods. The lifesaving surgery, performed in April 2016 in San Antonio, resulted from complications caused by scleroderma, a rare connective tissue disease that af...

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  • Read about Robert Vasquez Esophageal Cancer Recovery

    Robert Vasquez Esophageal Cancer Recovery

    August 10, 2017

    Robert visited Farzaneh Banki, M.D., director of the Esophageal Disease Center at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and professor of surgery at the McGovern Medical School, part of UTHealth in Houston.

    A lifelong machinist, Robert remembers being nervous because the surgery to treat his ...

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  • Read about Ciaran Simon

    Ciaran Simon: A New Lease on Life

    August 10, 2017

    Ciaran Simon always discounted his heartburn as sensitivity to spicy food. It was not until his symptoms became debilitating that he sought medical attention. Ciaran underwent a laparoscopic Heller myotomy and a Dor fundoplication, a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the muscle betwe...

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  • Read about Jimmy Fincher

    Jimmy Fincher: Onward with an Active Life

    August 10, 2017

    Licensed Texas peace officer Jimmy Fincher struggled, for 15 years, with acid reflux caused by a hiatal hernia. With an aversion to taking medication, he inconsistently took the antacids prescribed to lower his stomach acid even when experiencing debilitating abdominal pain after eating large mea...

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  • Maria Sonnen

    Saving Maria Sonnen's Leg

    August 8, 2017

    Maria Sonnen and her daughter, Laura Sonnen, were hit from behind repeatedly by a man driving a Nissan Frontier pickup truck. The result was a severe injury to Maria's left leg and near complete loss of the skin from behind her right knee to her ankle putting her at risk for an above-the-knee amp...

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  • Steven Fisher

    Steven Fisher Makes a Comeback

    August 8, 2017

    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 Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the handiwork of his orthopedic traumatolo...

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  • Dylan Pugh

    Dylan Pugh: In the Best Hands

    August 8, 2017

    Dylan Pugh remembers working that day, coming home and going out again to meet friends. On the drive home later that night, he swerved to avoid an oncoming car and his one-ton Chevy Silverado Duramax left the road, hit a ditch, went airborne and slammed into a tree. The crash occurred on Sept. 29...

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  • Anthony Vallone

    Anthony Vallone: Without Stopping

    August 8, 2017

    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. “I have nothing ...

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  • Brian Southwell

    Brian Southwell: A Walking Miracle

    August 8, 2017

    After working his usual night shift on a Tuesday, and then the day shift the following Thursday, Brian Southwell was lying in bed in the wee hours of the morning unable to sleep. It was 4:30 a.m. when the 45-year-old left his home in Onalaska, Texas, to make the 14-mile drive to Livingston. Along...

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  • Ishaan Pavuluri

    Ishaan Pavuluri Makes A Comeback

    August 3, 2017

    “It all happened in less than a minute,” Deepthi Bollu says. “We ran outside and looked around, then ran to the front and side of the house. By then I had a bad feeling, and when we looked in the pool, we saw him at the bottom.” After nearly three minutes of CPR administered according to instruct...

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  • Chad Blackburn

    Chad Blackburn: On the Upswing

    August 3, 2017

    After a vehicle plowed into the back of his patrol car, rescuers used the Jaws of Life to pry apart the car and free Chad 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 Memo...

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  • Leigh Rozell

    On Making the Breast Cancer Treatment Decision: A Personal Story

    July 19, 2017

    Leigh Rozelle found the lump purely by accident, just three days before Christmas. As she crossed her arms, she felt a golf ball-size knot on the outer side of her left breast. My family practitioner was able to squeeze me into her schedule the very next day,” says Rozelle, who is 38. “When she e...

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  • John Sigmon

    John Sigmon: Living Proof

    July 17, 2017

    In 1996 at the age of 45, John Sigmon was diagnosed with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, a deadly disease with a 30 percent to 50 percent survival rate. Five months into his hospitalization, Sigmon lapsed into a coma and was put on life support. Three weeks later, he walked out of the hospital, t...

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  • Martha Mazzola

    Martha Mazzola: A Day Unlike Any Other

    July 13, 2017

    Martha Mazzola recalls very little of the evening she suffered an acute ischemic stroke. “It started out as a day just like any other, and along toward evening I found myself sitting on a chair at our kitchen table with my husband on his knees beside me saying he was going to call 911&rdquo...

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  • Gabrielle Giffords

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: On the Road to Recovery

    July 13, 2017

    The Mischer Neuroscience Institute took the national stage when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 after she was shot in the head. The Arizona congresswoman was shot at pointblank ...

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  • Matt Craig

    Returning to the Water, One Millimeter at a Time

    July 13, 2017

    In June 2013, Matthew Craig – then 15 – and his family were at their house on Lake Livingston enjoying some quality time when tragedy struck. While tubing behind a jet ski, Craig suddenly crashed into a boat dock. Right before impact, he attempted to protect his head as best he could ...

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  • Janie Totten

    Janie Totten: Against All Odds

    July 13, 2017

    As a three-year of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), Janie Totten has defied the odds. After her surgery, the 60-year-old began exercising so she could return to a normal activity level and focused on keeping a positive attitude about her recovery. Totten and her husband, George, have also kept...

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  • Gary McGhee

    Gary McGehee: Home on the Range

    July 12, 2017

    When 63-year-old West Texas rancher Gary McGehee began experiencing episodes of tingling in his left shoulder and arm in 2010, he was treated for heart disease in San Angelo, the town located nearest the ranch he and his wife Carolyn own in Irion County. His cardiologist diagnosed stress-related ...

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  • Megan

    Megan's Story: Deep Brain Stimulation Changes a Life

    July 12, 2017

    Five years ago Megan Collins’ life was marked by pain, social embarrassment and uncertainty about her medical future. Today, the 35-year-old considers herself lucky. Collins responded favorably to the treatment regimen for almost 18 months. Then her dystonia began to worsen and evolved aggressive...

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  • Eddie Carlton

    Eddie Carlton's Story: Two Hip Replacements

    July 7, 2017

    When physical education teacher Eddie Carlton began feeling debilitating as he taught his students, he knew it was time to find relief. After being evaluated by Dr. Eddie Huang, an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hermann Joint Centers, he felt confident in his next steps for treatment.  Dr. H...

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  • Leonard Lewis

    Beating the Glioblastoma Multiforme Odds

    July 6, 2017

    Van Buren, Arkansas, resident Lenord Lewis was working in Houston when his recurrent headaches became so bad that a co-worker drove him to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas. After reviewing the results of an MRI and CT scan, the emergency physician called an ambulance to transport the 55...

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    Tonya Daniel: Relief from 24/7 Headaches

    July 6, 2017

    Forty-two-year-old Tonya Daniel began suffering severe headaches when she was a teenager. Then they stopped, recurring only on occasion. Two years ago, the pain returned, and by 2012 she was living with a headache 24 hours a day. After reviewing the results of her MRI, her primary care physi...

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  • Read about Thomas Campbell Reversing Hydrocephalus

    Thomas Campbell: Reversing Hydrocephalus-Related Dementia

    July 5, 2017

    In July 2012, the couple discussed a possible diagnosis of NPH with Raymond Martin, MD, a professor of neurology at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and medical director of outpatient neurology at Mischer Neuroscience Institute . After...

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  • Lisa Mosely

    Lisa Mosely: A Blessing in Disguise

    June 30, 2017

    A year before delivering her son, Lisa Mosely was in the OR with a neurosurgical team led by Dong Kim, MD, director of Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The surgical plan: to remove a large pituitary adenoma that was pressing on her optic nerve.

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  • Lindsay Holstead

    Lindsay Holstead: Back in the Saddle

    June 30, 2017

    Equestrian Lindsay Holstead was leading her warmblood to the pasture on an unseasonably cold day in April 2013, when he became rambunctious and began to buck. After he bumped her, she lost my balance and fell, and his hoof struck her in the right side of the forehead where it curves toward the te...

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  • Eric Sandaval

    Erick Sandoval: A Successful Brain Surgery Changes a Young Boy’s Career Choice

    June 28, 2017

    At first Debra Johnson didn’t associate her 11-year-old son’s unusual behavior with seizure activity. He would go through periods of seeming spacey, and she couldn't figure the issue out. After an MRI revealed a small tumor in his right temporal lobe, the family was referred to Dr. David Sandberg...

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  • Carolos Velazquez

    Carlos Velázquez: Cancer Is Just a Word

    June 27, 2017

    Every other month, Carlos Velázquez and his wife, Mónica Costa, make the 12,500-mile round trip between their home in Asunción, Paraguay, and Houston, Texas, where Velázquez is undergoing an innovative treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The Paraguayan couple and their Texas Medical Cent...

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  • Martha Manning

    Martha’s Story: Partial Gastrectomy for Gastric Neuroendocrine Tumor

    June 26, 2017

    An upper gastrointestinal scope revealed bleeding in Manning's stomach, caused by a gastric neuroendocrine tumor of the stomach. Confirming the diagnosis, Dr. Rowe referred her to affiliated surgeon Curtis Wray, MD, for surgical removal of the tumor. Says Martha, "When Dr. Wray told me I would ne...

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  • Rebecca Buckner

    Back in the Pool After Knee Surgery

    June 22, 2017

    As a Master’s Swimmer for the past 23 years, Rebecca expects top performance from her body. “Swimming is a very important part of my life — I used to compete and I wanted to still be able to do the breaststroke since that’s my preferred stroke,” says Rebecca. When the pain in her right knee becam...

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  • MaKayla

    MaKayla’s Story: Scoliosis Strikes Out

    May 31, 2017

    MaKayla’s scoliosis diagnosis came as a complete shock. The petite 13-year-old was a cheerleader, tumbled and played competition softball. By all appearances, she was perfectly healthy. Yet, in September 2015, a visit to a chiropractor for a back injury resulting from a trampoline incident ...

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  • Treveon

    Treveon's Story: Scoliosis Surgery Puts Treveon Back in Action

    May 31, 2017

    Since he first began playing football at age 5, Treveon, now a high school sophomore, has dreamed of playing college ball, maybe even going pro. But in eighth grade, he was temporarily sidelined, when a routine visit to his pediatrician revealed a hump on his upper back. X-rays showed a curvature...

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  • Joshua Steenburg

    Falling Out of Love With Heroin and in Love With Recovery

    May 26, 2017

    Joshua Steenburg’s life started out like any other – a happy home with a loving and supportive family. Unfortunately, he got caught up in an epidemic that experts say is his generation’s HIV crisis – opioid addiction. "I began to work the 12 steps. I learned how to live in God’s will rather than ...

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  • Alan Benson smiling

    Alan Benson: A Successful Nonsurgical Fix for Back Pain

    May 9, 2017

    Alan Benson had suffered from very painful sciatica for six long weeks by the time he arrived in the office of interventional pain management specialist Divya Chirumamilla, MD. Two physicians work together at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-The Woodlands to ensure their patients access to fast, c...

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  • Brendan Diffley

    Meticulous Surgery Saves a Young Trauma Patient’s Vision

    April 3, 2017

    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. He w...

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  • Read about Floridian Travels to Houston

    A Floridian Travels to Houston for World-Class Care

    April 3, 2017

    By the time Randy Whitesides made it to the office of internationally recognized glaucoma expert Robert M. Feldman, MD, the Floridian had lost the vision in his right eye. After contracting a bacterial infection in Mexico 30 years ago, he developed reactive arthritis, an autoimmune condition in w...

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    Successful Treatment Inspires a Young Woman to Study Nursing

    April 3, 2017

    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, MD, at the Robert Cizi...

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  • Grace

    Grace’s Story: Overcoming CDH

    March 31, 2017

    For some parents, a newborn’s cry can cause distress. But for Marlen and Kevin, hearing their daughter Grace’s first cry brought relief and joy. Grace was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a condition that occurs during fetal development that can lead to severe respiratory and ot...

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  • Read about Jamie Wright Hydrocephalus

    Jamie Wright's Hydrocephalus Story: A Personal Matter Becomes a Professional Motivation

    March 22, 2017

    Since Jamie Wright was a child, she has wanted to change the outlook for people who struggle with a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, which is the most common reason some children require brain surgery. Out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S., about one to two are born with hydrocephalus, a conditi...

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  • Joel

    Joel: Finding Laughter Again

    February 25, 2017

    Joel's life was very painful before the PaRC. He used to wake up every morning drinking and didn't know how to stop. After running his van into his neighbor's house, he entered into treatment at the PaRC. Today, he knows if he sticks with the program and he continues going back to the PaRC for fo...

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  • William tells his story

    William: Getting a Better Life

    February 25, 2017

    William started out using painkillers and then graduated to heroin use. He tried treatment for 30 days in his home state of Florida, but then just a couple hours after getting out, he was using again. He went through the worst week of his life before he decided to fly to Houston and go to the PaR...

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  • Susan tells her story

    Susan: One Day at a Time

    February 25, 2017

    Susan planned life around drinking and when she was going to drink. She was a closet drinker. When she got to the PaRC, she learned about what alcohol did and was doing to her body. If it weren't for the PaRC, she believes she would have ended up in prison of killing herself. PaRC provided the ca...

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  • Alma tells her story

    Alma: Recovering as a Family

    February 25, 2017

    Alma's husband life before the PaRC was barely existing, just enough to get high. She wanted to control everything in order to try and bring them back together and it wasn't working for them. They were both miserable. He entered the PaRC for treatment and it changed their lives. It gave her husba...

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  • Beth talking

    Beth: A New Beginning

    February 25, 2017

    Before Beth came to Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), she was in a hopeless state emotionally. She had lost everything she had, including custody of her child. PaRC helped Beth realize it wasn't her fault that she was an alcoholic, but it was her responsibility and recover f...

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  • Kevin and Karla Urrutia

    Kevin and Karla: Supraglottoplasty for Neonatal Laryngomalacia

    February 15, 2017

    Kevin and Karla Urrutia were born at term, but as twins they were both underweight – the boy weighing in at 4 pounds 10 ounces and the girl at 4 pounds 15 ounces. “Karla was eating fine after birth, but Kevin had stridor caused by a soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx that ob...

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  • Jayda Hector

    Laryngotracheal Reconstruction: A Long-Awaited Resolution for Jayda Hector

    February 15, 2017

    Pediatric otorhinolaryngologist, Sancak Yuksel, M.D., at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has provided care for Jayda Hector since shortly after she was born in October 2010 at just 26 weeks’ gestation. After 12 trips to the OR at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the si...

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  • Cristian serrato

    Cristian Serrato: Deep Brain Stimulation Transforms a Life

    January 11, 2017

    Much of neurology is detective work. Like good sleuthing, successful practice demands profound knowledge, honed investigative skills, persistence and a measure of artistry. In the case of Cristian Serrato, diagnosis and treatment of a challenging disorder required all of these talents and more. U...

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  • Thea

    Thea’s Story: Hemangioma, an Angel’s Kiss

    December 29, 2016

    During a routine well-baby checkup shortly after Thea was born, her pediatrician noted a small red spot on Thea’s temple, adjacent her right eye. Colleen , Thea’s mother, recalls, “Our pediatrician knew immediately that the red spot was a hemangioma, and he told us it would grow...

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  • Bill Teague

    Bill Gets Moving with a New Hip

    December 27, 2016

    Bill liked the fact that Memorial Hermann’s main focus after surgery is to get the patient moving in order to jumpstart the healing process. When it came time for Bill to select a physician for his total hip replacement surgery, he knew exactly who he’d choose. “I selected affiliated orthopedic p...

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  • Dominic on his father's shoulders

    Back from the Brink: Dominic's Story

    December 22, 2016

    Dominic was only 18-months-old when he followed the family dog out the back door and fell into the family’s hot tub. He was transported to the emergency room at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. During his stay, he was put on ECMO, which is an advanced life support treatment for critically il...

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  • Becky Anton

    Becky Anton's Weight Loss Surgery Story

    December 22, 2016

    Kindergarten Teacher Becky Anton and her bariatric surgeon decided to pursue gastric bypass after discovering pre-cancerous cells in her esophagus. The procedure has not only relieved the discomfort in her esophagus, but her weight loss journey has renewed her spirit and her health.

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  • Jon G

    Jon Bounces Back from Joint Pain

    December 21, 2016

    While exercising at the gym one day, Jon felt a slight twinge of pain in his neck. Thinking nothing of it, he continued his workout and daily activities. During a spring break ski trip, that slight twinge became increasingly painful with each day and he developed radiating arm pain and weakness. ...

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  • Leila Pedraza

    Leila Pedraza’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

    November 1, 2016

    Three-year-old Leila went to her first ballet class in September 2016, an experience that might have been beyond her reach without the medical skills of Amy Schefler, M.D., FACS, an affiliated ocular oncologist and retinoblastoma specialist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Te...

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  • Darius Sonia

    Darius Sonia: The Perfect Candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

    October 10, 2016

    A caring and informed mother, a knowledgeable physical therapist and an expert in the surgical management of spasticity have transformed the life of eight-year-old Darius Sonia. Born seven weeks early, Darius suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage in the first few days of life – a common occurre...

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  • Pamela Bah - See Her Joint Center story

    September 27, 2016

    “Before my surgery, I was in constant pain. My quality of life was, like, 30%. I had to limit what I was doing. I was not able to fully participate in the kids' education. And it was just very difficult for me as a teacher. So I had to make a decision. I found Memorial Hermann Joint Center throu...

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  • Read about Fred Carpenter Joint Story

    Fred Carpenter: Joint Center Patient

    September 27, 2016

    When Fred Carpenter could no longer take a walk with his grandkids, he asked a friend who's an orthopedic surgeon who he would recommend. "He answered Memorial Hermann Joint Center. I would give Memorial Hermann - the whole system - the highest marks. From the very beginning to the very end, it ...

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    Tato Stanley Makes a Statistically Improbable Recovery

    August 22, 2016

    At the end of a family vacation in Snowmass, Colorado, 17-year-old Clay “Tato” Stanley was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident. “They were doing jumps, and Tato lost control on the landing and was immediately paralyzed,” Tato’s mother, Alice Stanley says. Ta...

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  • Jacob Smith

    Jacob Smith: Your Attitude Defines Your Future

    August 22, 2016

    Jacob Smith was returning home with other students at his high school, after attending a leadership conference in Corpus Christi for members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The last thing he remembers was buying snacks when the four-car caravan of students and teachers...

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  • Evelyn Suber

    Evelyn Suber: Like Family

    August 22, 2016

    In July 2013, Evelyn Suber was hospitalized for dehydration – the result of a serious viral infection. At some point during the two weeks she was ill, she noticed numbness in her legs. A month later, when the numbness persisted, neurologist Suresh Roongta, MD, admitted her to Memorial Hermann Gre...

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  • Macy

    Macy's Story: Cleft Lip and Palate

    July 15, 2016

    As Kenzie and Ricky attended their routine 18-week ultrasound, they expected everything to go smoothly; however, they received unexpected information about their baby girl, Macy. Their unborn daughter was diagnosed with a unilateral cleft (a split occurring on one side) that extended all the way ...

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  • Cassandra

    Cassandra's Story: Gastroschisis

    July 15, 2016

    As Sabrina sat at her 16-week checkup, she was expecting her appointment to be ordinary. However, after receiving her ultrasound, she found out her baby girl was diagnosed with a birth defect known as gastroschisis. Shocked and scared about her baby’s health, her obstetrician referred her to The ...

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  • Remmy Barake

    Remmy’s Story: Repairing Patent Ductus Arteriosus

    June 8, 2016

    When seven-year-old Remmy had occasional shortness of breath and seemed more tired than usual, it never occurred to his parents that he might have a problem with his heart. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a birth defect that occurs when the baby’s blood vessel known as the ductus arterios...

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  • Maria Lopez

    Maria Flores Defies the Odds Against Deadly Form of Brain Cancer

    May 23, 2016

    For those diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the most common and deadly types of malignant brain tumors, the outlook for long-term survival can be devastatingly grim. The average life expectancy after diagnosis hovers near 15 months, and the five-year survival rate is less than ...

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  • James and Tracy

    James and Tracy: A Good Match for Life

    May 23, 2016

    Tracy and James met at a 7-Eleven store in Bryan, Texas, and the two have been together ever since. Neither would have imagined that they would one day share a kidney. James and Tracy had been married for nearly 10 years when his physicians recommended kidney transplantation.

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  • Bernarda and Freddy Azuara

    Freddy and Bernarda: A Match Through Kidney Paired Donation

    May 23, 2016

    When Bernarda learned none of her three sons were a match for kidney donation, their search led them to the Kidney Transplant Program at the Memorial Hermann Transplant Center in Houston, where they learned that Bernarda had a high number of circulating donor-specific antibodies targeting human l...

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  • David Fuselier and Jackie

    David and Jackie: 34 Years and Counting

    May 23, 2016

    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 ...

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  • David and Gam Nguyen

    David and Gam: A Son Gives Life to His Mother

    May 23, 2016

    Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two most common causes of end-stage kidney disease. The progression of both conditions over more than 15 years of Gam’s life led to chronic kidney disease. By 2010, the 66-year-old mother of four boys was in borderline kidney failure, and her nephrol...

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  • Steph Smiling

    Steph: A Moment of Clarity

    May 18, 2016

    Steph was in denial. She began drinking at a young age, but didn’t think she was an alcoholic. She was even mandated by the court to seek help for her addiction. She did. She relapsed, continuing to believe she didn’t need help. One day, she awoke and experienced a moment of clarity. ...

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  • Mason Brown

    With A Heart Full of Gratitude: A Former Patient Thanks The PICU

    March 1, 2016

    Erinn Brown was 34 weeks pregnant when she realized something was wrong with her baby. An ultrasound showed that the left ventricle of the baby’s heart was very small and nearly nonexistent. Brown’s doctor referred her to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital....

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  • Miles McDonough sitting

    Miles McDonough: Unstoppable

    February 14, 2016

    In September 2011, alpine enthusiast and search-and-rescue team member Miles McDonough fell 65 feet while scaling Mount Stuart in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. In the accident, he fractured his right humeral head and scapula, an injury that damaged the brachial plexus nerves co...

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  • Jayden and Luke

    Baby Luke's Battle With CDH

    February 10, 2016

    Jayden and Luke. Two-year-old identical twin boys. They run and wrestle, giggle and converse in their own shared lingo – jibber-jabber only they understand. But Jayden is taller, more robust. Luke wears the same size clothes as the boys’ younger brother Cooper. Each of the twins in his own way is...

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  • Hannah

    Hannah’s Story: Beating the Odds to Run Again

    December 28, 2015

    When sixteen-year-old Hannah Hendricks faced the biggest setback of her life, she showed her grit to be the kind that comes from deep inside, the kind that keeps you going against the odds. And Hannah knows all about beating the odds. On the morning of July 25, 2013, Hannah, an incoming high scho...

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  • Daniel Turya riding bike

    Daniel Turya: Recovery After a Biking-Related Brain Injury

    November 19, 2015

    It was Daniel Turya’s eighth birthday and he couldn’t wait to take his new birthday gift from his parents out for a spin. It was a shiny new bike, and even though he didn’t have a helmet, he was just riding right outside of his apartment doorstep with his buddies. Soon after he got on, he acciden...

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  • Scott Carriker

    For Scott Carriker, Form Follows Function

    October 15, 2015

    Scott Carriker was in a bucket truck, changing out an electric utility circuit pole, when he grabbed the wrong wire and suffered an electrical injury that badly burned both his hands. He was admitted to the hospital’s John S. Dunn Burn Center and underwent eight surgeries in 10 days, the la...

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  • Natalie Franker

    Therapy Gives Natalie Fraker Strength and a Boost of Confidence

    September 23, 2015

    A couple of months shy of her fourth birthday, Natalie Fraker’s voice grew a little hoarse. An endoscopic examination by an otolaryngologist revealed a partially paralyzed vocal cord. On biopsy, it was identified as a grade II astrocytoma, a tumor that arises from the star-shaped cells that...

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  • Mikayla Williams

    Mikayla Williams Makes a 180-Degree Turn

    September 22, 2015

    Easter Sunday in April 2014, out of the blue, Mikayla Williams had a seizure – a dramatic occurrence for an otherwise healthy 12-year-old girl. A CT scan and blood tests done at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital produced inconclusive results, and Mikayla was sent home with an anti-...

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  • James Durham

    James Durham's Story

    September 22, 2015

    James Durham was on his motorcycle headed home after an employee dinner. “I was about two miles from home. A woman was stopped at a traffic light but didn’t have her blinker on so it seemed that she was trying to make a U-turn,” says Durham. “When she pulled away from the ...

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  • Samantha Shine

    Samantha Shines On

    September 22, 2015

    When Samantha Shine came to TIRR Memorial Hermann Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Kirby Glen Center, the 3-year-old was still eating puréed food – very slowly – and was underweight for her age. Six months later, she eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with her family an...

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  • Christine Smid

    Christine Smid: Relief from the Suicide Disease

    September 21, 2015

    Twenty-five-year-old Christine Smid was in good health until 2007, when she began to notice a burning, shocking pain in her face that began just below the eyelid and extended down to her upper teeth and lip. While visiting family in Lake Jackson, Texas, she saw her hometown dentist, who recognize...

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    Hilary Cannon: Supraclavicular Brachioplexus Leiomyosarcoma

    September 15, 2015

    Leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant tumor of the smooth muscle cells that can arise almost anywhere in the body, but is most common in the uterus, abdomen or pelvis. The cancer typically spreads through the blood stream to attack the lung, liver, blood vessels and other soft tissues in the body. L...

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  • Christine Portillo

    Christine Portillo: A Matter of Genetics

    September 4, 2015

    Christine Portillo’s story has the power to save lives. It begins in 1998, the year her mother suffered a stroke as the result of two ruptured intracranial aneurysms. “She recovered quickly and went back to work two weeks later, but we don’t remember anyone telling the family that aneurysms can b...

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  • Eileen Bogar

    Eileen Guerinot Bogar Returns to Her Life as an Attorney and Single Mom

    September 1, 2015

    Eileen Bogar’s recovery was not at all what her acute care physicians predicted. After suffering a severe bilateral brainstem stroke in mid-December 2012, she was tucked away in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Houston for five weeks. She was on a ventilator for the first two weeks ...

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  • Jason Roy

    Jason Roy: From Zero to a Hundred

    August 31, 2015

    As a child, Jason Roy wanted to be a baseball player or a police officer. He initially gravitated towards sports, but then shifted gears and joined the Houston Police Department as an officer. Roy, by then a five-year veteran of the department, flipped his squad car several times during a high-sp...

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  • Daquan Minor

    Daquan Minor: The Determination to Win

    August 31, 2015

    Eighteen-year-old Daquan Minor, who suffered a fractured skull and a T-6 incomplete spinal cord injury in an auto accident in February 2013. Two years later, he was a key contributor to the 2015 TIRR Memorial Hermann junior Hotwheels win of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Nationa...

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  • Veronica and Brandt

    A Parent's Story: Veronica M.

    June 18, 2015

    Veronica M expresses her gratitude to Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) for helping not just her son with his recovery, but also helped her family in her recovery. "I came for my kid, I stayed for me." Veronica says, "The road to recovery and of life is a winding road that ne...

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  • Patty talking

    Patty: Starting A New Family Tradition

    June 8, 2015

    Alcoholism spanned generations in Patty’s family and she kept it in her life by marrying an alcoholic. When Patty’s husband lost himself in his addiction, the couple turned to the Family Program at the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center. Their burden turned into a blessin...

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  • Kim's Story

    Kim: Finding Happiness In Sobriety

    June 8, 2015

    Kim didn’t think she would ever find happiness. Self-described as a terrible mother and one of the unhappiest and loneliest people on the planet, Kim also kept her alcoholism a dark secret. She was exposed when a drinking binge cost her a job. Humiliated and lower than she ever thought she’d be, ...

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  • Alexander talking

    Alexander: Personal Miracles On The Journey To Recovery

    June 8, 2015

    Before Alexander found the Young Adult Program at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), he was in a dark cycle. Get a job, lose a job. Repeat. All because of substance abuse or withdrawal. He made the decision to break that cycle and take his life in a different direction. PaRC ...

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  • Dara Lewis

    Dara Lewis: From Patient to Neuroscience Nurse

    May 26, 2015

    Two semesters short of graduation from nursing school, Dara Lewis began having severe headaches. In a sudden shift from student nurse to patient, Lewis worked her way through the referral process from primary care physician to neurologist to neurosurgeon. In October 2011 she found herself in an e...

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  • Judith Harris

    Judith Harris: An Accomplished Academic Triumphs Over an Unexpected Physical Challenge

    May 4, 2015

    “Maybe it’s just stress,” thought Judith Harris when she suddenly experienced a severe pain in her neck while lying on the couch in her downtown Houston home. A professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown, Harris juggles a heavy workload and academic publication schedule. ...

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  • Maria Trevino

    Maria Trevino: Back at Work After DBS for Parkinson’s Disease

    April 28, 2015

    Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Maria describes herself as “a new person” thanks to the skill of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) team at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute. Approved by the FDA for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in 2002, DBS uses a surgically imp...

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  • Isabella

    Isabella Colacchio: Out of the Shadow

    April 28, 2015

    As an child, Isabella Colacchio would go through periods of headaches, stomachaches, extreme sensitivity to light and blurry vision. In 2012, Bella was diagnosed with dysautonomia and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, when a neurologist saw her as an inpatient and found a pineal cyst. The Colacchios saw se...

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  • Mike Autrey

    Mike's Story - Lung Cancer

    February 23, 2015

    Jafri sent the slides to a specialist, who confirmed small cell lung cancer, a form that shares common neuro-endocrine features with carcinoid cancer, but tends to be extremely aggressive.

    For Mike Autrey, the treatment began with 12 weeks of chemotherapy given along with radiation to the ...

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  • Jordan looking out

    Jordan’s Story: Stroke at 16

    February 6, 2015

    During a routine football practice Jordan suddenly felt dizzy and showed signs that something was wrong. He was immediately taken to Memorial Hermann where affiliated pediatric neurologist Dr. Ian Butler along with neurologist Dr. Nicole Gonzales diagnosed Jordan as having had a stroke. Later aft...

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  • Floyd

    Floyd’s Story: a Family With Heart Trouble

    February 3, 2015

    Floyd went to the heart doctor because of a family history of heart disease and death. After experiencing consistent heart burn and indigestion symptoms he went to see the specialists at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute. After receiving a ventricular stress test, his physician said...

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  • John Keller

    John Keller: Miracle in Progress

    December 31, 2014

    When 33-year-old John Keller was first admitted to TIRR Memorial Hermann on March 26, 2008, he was in a vegetative state. On impact, Keller suffered a fractured skull and pelvis and an intracranial hemorrhage resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Nine days later, he was transferred ...

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    Kellee Hearne: Relief from 14 Years of Headaches

    November 12, 2014

    It was Kellee Hearne's Ob/Gyn who first suggested that the location of her headaches indicated they might be something other than migraines and referred her to a neurologist, who ordered an MRI. Based on the results, the neurologist diagnosed her with Chiari I malformation, a neurological disorde...

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  • Braxton Taylor

    Braxton Taylor: From Total Assist to Independence

    October 24, 2014

    When 20-year-old Braxton Taylor arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann in August 2013, he was unable to walk, transfer, eat or manage other activities of daily living without total assistance. When he was discharged on Halloween, he could walk with assistance and was independent in most aspects of dail...

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  • Angelina

    Angelina: Heart Attack Survivor

    October 23, 2014

    Angelina was on an overnight flight in Louisville, Kentucky when she was awoken by strong heart palpitations. The very next day, she flew home to Houston, TX and saw a cardiologist. An echocardiogram showed an enlarged and weak heart. Dr. Jalal and the affiliated team at Memorial Hermann Southwes...

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  • Wes Brown

    Wes Brown: Back on the Road Again

    October 22, 2014

    Wes Brown was hauling a load of saltwater from an oilfield in East Texas to a nearby disposal site when the tires on the rear axle of his 18-wheeler hit a pothole and bounced onto the shoulder of the road. As he tried to center his trailer, the steer tire on the passenger side hit another pothole...

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  • Cory Smith

    Cory Smith Rises to the Challenge

    October 22, 2014

    In May 2012, Cory Smith, a straight-A student and star basketball player at Clear Springs High School in Houston, suffered a severe intracranial empyema, an infection that arises most commonly as a complication of sinusitis or otitis, particularly in males in later childhood, adolescence or early...

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  • Dawn

    Dawn's Story of Surviving a Heart Attack

    October 17, 2014

    Dawn Manuel, mother of four, was visiting her husband in the hospital when she began noticing symptoms of a heart attack: most notably, the feeling of someone sitting on his chest. This worried her enough to go to the emergency room at the bottom floor of the hospital and asked for an EKG. Soon a...

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  • Kelly Williams

    Kelly Williams Is Getting Another Wonderful Birthday Present This Year

    October 16, 2014

    Kelly and her husband, Chad, count themselves very lucky. The diagnosis of an open neural tube defect, or myelomeningocele, led them on a journey of education, referral, consultations and, ultimately, to open fetal surgery for spina bifida repair. Spina bifida – a major birth defect involving the...

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  • Peter Aaron and Willa Berry

    The Berry Family Story: Three Kids Inspire a City

    September 22, 2014

    In July 2011, three young siblings lost their parents in a tragic car accident on the way home from summer vacation in Colorado. The Berry family was traveling back to Houston when their vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV that had veered into their lane. The two brothers, Peter and Aaron, who w...

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  • Peter Aaron and Willa Berry

    Three Years After the Accident, the Berry Siblings Return to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

    September 15, 2014

    In July 2011, three young siblings lost their parents in a tragic car accident on the way home from summer vacation. The Berry family was traveling back to Houston when their vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV. The two brothers, Peter and Aaron, sustained serious spinal cord injuries that paral...

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  • Mobile Stroke Unit

    Nation's First Mobile Stroke Unit Successfully Transports First Patient

    September 12, 2014

    We're proud to announce the UTHealth Mobile Stroke Unit has successfully transported and helped save the life of its very first patient. The unit, the first and only one of its kind in the nation, is a specially equipped ambulance with a CT (computed tomography) scanner that allows a stroke unit ...

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  • Tommy Smith smiling

    Tommy Smith: A Walking Miracle

    June 17, 2014

    In the nine months that passed before 63-year-old Tommy Smith found his way to the office of Daniel H. Kim, M.D., FACS, FAANS, he gradually lost muscle function to the point of paralysis. By November 2012, he could no longer walk, feed himself or move his right hand. “I could see myself deterio...

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  • Joseph Huerta

    Joseph Huerta: Recovery After a Skiing Accident

    June 12, 2014

    Joseph Huerta and his siblings took off for a skiing trip. As he skied down the hill, Joseph lost his balance and went over a 15-foot cliff hitting his head on a tree. After being rushed to the hospital, going through surgery and being in a coma for 12 days, Joseph beat the odds and regained cons...

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  • Meena Outlaw

    Meena Outlaw: Spinal Cord Injury and Pregnancy

    June 12, 2014

    Meena Dhanjal Outlaw was injured on January 23, 2000, after she stepped onto the balcony of her newly built home and was locked out of her house. Concerned about the safety of her 3-week-old son, Miles, and 3-year-old daughter, Jasmine, she attempted to climb down from the balcony. She ended up f...

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  • Angela Wriggelsworth

    Angela Wrigglesworth: Spinal Muscular Atrophy

    June 12, 2014

    At 16 months of age, Angela Wrigglesworth was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that causes weakness in the arms, legs and torso. This prevented her from walking and she began using a wheelchair at the age of 5 years. She was admitted to the TIRR Memorial ...

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    Saleh Alzahrani: Rehabilitation After Cancer

    June 11, 2014

    Saleh Alzahrani was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12. He underwent a successful surgery to remove a brain stem tumor and then went back to his daily life. At the age of 25, Alzahrani learned that his cancer had returned and another operation was required to remove a tumor, which was located...

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  • Dr. Lally Copeland twins

    Conjoined Twins Share Their Story 18 Years Later

    June 9, 2014

    Caitlin and Emily may seem like your average identical twin sisters. But at one time in their lives, the twins shared something much more significant and they have the visible scars to prove it: Emily and Caitlin were born conjoined. Conjoined twins are an extreme rarity, only occurring once in e...

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  • Brant Gallion

    A Patient’s View: Living with Astrocytoma

    May 28, 2014

    Brant Gallion was in Russian territory, climbing a piece of equipment on an oil rig in the Caspian Sea, when he thought he was being electrocuted, lost consciousness and fell 5 feet to the deck on his back. Four months after the second incident, he had a generalized seizure while working in ...

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  • Jaclyn Barbosa

    A Good Night’s Sleep for Jaclyn

    May 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Barbosa’s polysomnogram showed she was waking up six to 10 times an hour, leading her doctor to diagnose her with mild obstructive sleep apnea. He fitted Barbosa, who felt claustrophobic using CPAP, with a mandibular advancement splint. The appliance protrudes the jaw in a forward pos...

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  • Anthony wearing a tie

    Cleft Lip and Palate Program Brings New Smiles to Life

    May 20, 2014

    Daniella Coca’s son Anthony was born with both a cleft lip and palate. Coca was five months pregnant when she received the diagnosis after a 3-D ultrasound, which afforded her and Anthony’s father several months to meet John Teichgraeber, MD, and his team, determine a plan of action and better pr...

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  • Teichgraeber -Mission Mexico

    Physicians Bring Smiles to Patients Abroad

    May 2, 2014

    Pediatric surgeons have the ability to bring smiles to patients and their families. Dr. John Teichgraeber, director of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, recently brought smiles and positive outcomes to patients in Mexico as part of a medica...

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  • Hartman family

    The Rocket Scientist Meets the Brain Surgeon

    April 28, 2014

    For 33-year-old physicist William Hartman, undergoing any type of brain surgery to treat his epilepsy – even the minimally invasive kind - commanded a giant leap of faith. As part of the team responsible for analyzing how the International Space Station and its experiments interact with the...

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  • Haiti Mission Trip

    Pitching in to Help Haitian Children with Hydrocephalus

    April 24, 2014

    Last December, an eight-member neurosurgical team extended their practice beyond the walls of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth to Haiti, where they spent four days on a medical mission to treat children with hydrocephalus. “Like all mission trips, we ha...

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  • Savanna

    Savanna's Pediatric Epilepsy Story

    April 14, 2014

    Savanna and her twin brother, Austin, were happy, healthy babies, but at about 6 weeks old, Savanna began having what episodes – short periods during which she would be nonresponsive and withdrawn. Nine months later, the Lininger’s made the decision to move to Houston to be closer to ...

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  • Julie Batsche

    Julie Batsche: Decades of Quality Care for MS

    April 2, 2014

    When Julie Batsche was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) by Jerry S. Wolinsky, MD, she was fresh out of college. Much has changed since her original diagnosis in 1984, yet one thing has remained a constant in Batsche’s life – her deep respect and admiration ...

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  • Jennifer

    Jennifer’s Story: Heart Attack at 32

    February 17, 2014

    32-year-old Jennifer Cooper Cheak was playing with her 3-week-old baby and son when she started to feel tightness and pressure in her chest. A few minutes later, she experienced a heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital. She was transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where s...

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  • Leslie Martone

    Leslie Martone: A New Kind of Normal

    February 12, 2014

    For those diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), it would be understandable to surrender to feelings of despair and hopelessness. But that’s not the case for 39-year-old Leslie Martone, who refused to give up hope and instead has chosen to focus o...

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  • Clarence Fontenot

    Rare Double Heart Transplant

    February 11, 2014

    After receiving a heart transplant in 1994 due to a Sudden Cardiac Death attack, Clarence Fontenot experienced another heart attack two decades later. Fontenot was ready to keep fighting, and so were his physicians. 13 weeks later, Dr. Gregoric made an incision in Fontenot's chest along the ...

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  • Jared Dunten

    Jared Dunten: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

    January 27, 2014

    While on a camping trip in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Jared Dunten dove into the Rio Grande with a bar of soap to clean himself up – and hit a sandbar. He woke up in an intensive care unit in Lubbock, Texas, paralyzed from the neck down and breathing with the help of a ventil...

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  • Barry Oakes Family

    Barry Oakes Recovers From Stroke

    January 13, 2014

    In September 2010, 49-year-old Barry Oakes collapsed in his home while walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. An EMS team rushed him to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed a massive ischemic stroke and administered tPA. The stroke left him with a large basilar artery thrombosis in ...

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  • Cody Kalinowski

    Down But Not Out

    January 1, 2014

    Needville High School freshman Cody Kalinowski lives for football. So it’s no wonder he was disappointed at the prospect of missing most of the season after breaking his left ulna (one of the two long bones in the forearm) during a scrimmage in late August. To the surprise of many, Cody returned ...

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  • Mason Brown

    Mason: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

    December 17, 2013

    At my 22-week ultrasound, the baby’s positioning made it difficult to get a clear image of the baby’s organs; however, we could clearly see that we were expecting a boy. Weeks later, at my 34-week ultrasound, my physician requested another ultrasound be performed so that better images...

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  • Johanna Quezada-Ventura

    Timely Diagnosis and Treatment for TTTS Saves Mother and Her Twins

    December 17, 2013

    When Johanna Quezada-Ventura discovered she was pregnant with identical twins, she was both shocked and excited. As a mother of a 4-year-old daughter, she anticipated yet another uncomplicated pregnancy similar to her first, and didn’t think too much about the risk factors associated with i...

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  • Jim Hyndman smiling

    Jim Hyndman: No Guts, No Glory

    December 11, 2013

    By the time Jim Hyndman was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2009, he was unable to walk and suffering intense, painful lower extremity muscle spasms. Today, he stands upright using a walking stick decorated with medallions from his travels. He credits the transform...

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  • Read about Melanies Unexpected Concussion at the BP MS150

    Melanie's Unexpected Concussion

    November 20, 2013

    While riding her first BP MS 150, Melanie was about 25 miles from the finish line when a rider ahead of her clipped the tire in front of the person in front of him. Melanie was not able to react in time and hit the rider in front of her, causing her to go straight down. She remembers waking up wi...

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  • Chance Both

    Chance Bothe Survives Near-Deadly Texting and Driving Accident

    September 12, 2013

    In the middle of sending a text, Chance Bothe drove off of a cliff and sustained serious injuries. After spending time in an ICU, he was sent to TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation where he recovered tremendously. "They would get him outside, and he would play basketball. We would go out and...

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  • Oscar Rangel

    Oscar Rangel: Guillain-Barré Therapy

    August 6, 2013

    Leaving work one day, Oscar noticed his vision was strained in one eye. Over the next few days, Oscar lost vision in one eye and the ability to swallow and stand. He was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with Guillain-Barré, a rare nervous system disorder that results from nerve damage ...

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  • Don Mathews

    Don Mathews' Recovery From Brain Damage

    August 6, 2013

    Don Mathews' inspiring story begins on the night of his 21st birthday party in September 1998. A successful student at Sam Houston State University, Don was celebrating with some of his college friends at a lake house on Lake Livingston. Don and his date were on their way to their vehicle, comple...

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  • Laura Snell

    Laura Snell Leg Amputation

    August 6, 2013

    In October 2000, nine days after her second baby was born, Laura Snell became very ill. Doctors at a Houston emergency center diagnosed a urinary tract infection and treated and released her. As she walked to the car, she collapsed. Laura went into septic shock and lapsed into a coma for several ...

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  • Scottie

    A Young Boy Benefits From Rehabilitation Following Treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme

    May 7, 2013

    In February 2008, Tina Bailey scheduled an office visit with her son’s pediatrician when he developed croup and a bad cough. While at the doctor’s office, 22-month-old Scottie exhibited right hand curling and right shoulder drop. Bailey’s pediatrician ordered an MRI, which revea...

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  • Read about Making Better Decisions After Surgery

    Making Better Decisions After Surgery

    May 2, 2013

    Katia was having trouble doing exercise, going on bike rides with her kids and having problems with her back. She is young, has three beautiful children and a wonderful husband, and she wanted to get healthy. For her situation, gastric bypass would yield the best results. Bypass is a two componen...

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  • Ralph

    Ralph's Story: New Opportunities

    May 2, 2013

    Ralph was tired of not having energy and buying larger and larger clothes. When you tailor the procedure to the patient the results are better. The duodenal switch was a great tool for him. In this operation you, number one, reduce the size of the stomach, and number two, you re-route the small i...

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  • Read about Right Weight Loss Surgery

    The Right Weight Loss Surgery and Losing 220 Pounds

    May 1, 2013

    When Steve began considering weight loss surgery at the age of 56, he was a Type II diabetic with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and unbearable pain in his knee joints. In addition to medications for these conditions, he was taking a diuretic to reduce the swelling in his legs. During his ...

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  • Read about Diabetes-Free After Weight Loss Surgery

    Diabetes-Free After Weight Loss Surgery

    May 1, 2013

    Gwen began having problems with her weight after the birth of her first child. Before her pregnancy she weighed 125 pounds but by the time she delivered, she had jumped to 299, a weight she maintained during her second pregnancy and delivery. She developed type 2 diabetes, urinary incontinence an...

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  • Read about Lap Band Surgery Lowered Cholesterol

    Lap Band Surgery Lowered Cholesterol, Solved Bladder & Knee Problems

    May 1, 2013

    Susan had struggled to maintain a healthy weight since childhood. "I was always teased about being overweight, which took its toll on my self-esteem," she said. "By the time I was in the eighth grade, I weighed 185." During her junior year in high school, Susan played basketball and ran cross-cou...

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  • Read about Belindas Lap Band Success Story

    Belinda's Story: Lap Band Success

    May 1, 2013

    Before her gastric band surgery, Belinda's weight fluctuated between 203 and 205 and her health had begun to deteriorate. In addition to the general aches and pains that accompany excess pounds, she developed heart palpitations and sleep apnea. At the time of her surgery, she was 36-years-old. "I...

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  • Read about Weight Loss Surgery Cured Heartburn

    Weight Loss Surgery Cured Heartburn and Hiatal Hernia Complications

    May 1, 2013

    By May 2010, seven months after the surgery, she achieved a major victory and her weight had dropped from a preoperative high of 251 to between 180 and 185; and she's still losing. Asthma, which she's had all her life, no longer plagues her. Her knees are improving, she no longer sleeps with the ...

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  • Rodney Janczak

    Rodney Janczak: 25 Years Later

    April 12, 2013

    Rodney Janczak took his first helicopter ride on July 3, 1987, when he was nine years old. Following an automobile accident in a suburban area of northwest Houston, he was flown by Memorial Hermann Life Flight to the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, formerly kno...

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  • Gabrielle Giffords

    Gabrielle Giffords' Extraordinary Journey

    April 10, 2013

    On January 21, 2011, United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords was transferred from the University of Arizona Medical Center to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. Rep. Giffords’ physician team upgraded her condition from serious to good fou...

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  • Dorothy Malone

    Successful Therapy to Help Patient Regain Use of Arm and Leg Following Stroke

    April 9, 2013

    When Malone was stabilized, she was transferred to the hospital’s 23-bed inpatient neurorehabilitation unit for comprehensive care and an aggressive program of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology. Mischer Neurorehabilitation's multidisciplinary team – ...

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  • Moya

    Moya's Story: Cerebral Palsy

    March 26, 2013

    As an infant, Moya was diagnosed with a global developmental delay and, as a toddler, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She was delayed in movements and milestones that a toddler normally accomplishes, such as sitting up, standing and saying a few clear words. Moya had received therapy befor...

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  • Isabella

    Isabella: Occupational & Physical Therapy

    March 26, 2013

    Karen and Vincent adopted Isabella from a Chinese orphanage in 2008. They took her to an international adoption doctor to complete the adoption process. The doctor informed Isabella's parents she had developmental and speech delays.

    It was likely that Isabella did not receive the stimulatio...

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  • Alyssa

    Alyssa: Severe Seizures

    March 26, 2013

    After episodes of shaking and seizures, Alyssa, age 8, was diagnosed with epilepsy in January 2007. Alyssa’s medications were not working; she was forgetting everyday things, even the alphabet. A dancer, she was not able to remember dance steps she had learned, forgot dances she used to perform a...

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  • Brittany

    Brittany's Story: Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury

    March 26, 2013

    In November 2008, Brittany and her family were moving from College Station to Katy when they had an accident on a two-lane road. Brittany, 11, hit the roof of the van and sustained a T5 spinal cord injury, several broken bones, a collapsed lung and other internal injuries. She was rushed to Memor...

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  • Curran

    Curran: Language Delay

    March 26, 2013

    In November 2008, 2-year-old Curran started treatment for a language delay. When he started treatment, he was nonverbal and communicated only by using hand gestures and vocalizations. The speech-language pathologist suggested Curran’s family encourage English as his primary language, and after pr...

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  • Dan Hammers

    Dan Hammers: Infertility in SCI

    March 25, 2013

    In June 2012, Dan Hammers marked the 20th anniversary of an accident that changed his life. At the age of 19, he dove off a 10-foot building into a pool containing 4 feet of water. Hammers, who is a C4 quadriplegic, considers himself better off for the experience. In 2009, after seven years of ma...

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  • Kara Beatty

    Kara Beatty: Recovery from Neurotrauma

    February 5, 2013

    Kara Beatty was on her way to summer school at a community college when a truck ran a red light and T-boned her car. She lost consciousness, and emergency responders had to use the “jaws of life” to free her from the wreckage. She remained in a coma for three days in the Neurotrauma ICU, with a m...

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  • Tristen

    Tristen: Back in the Saddle

    February 5, 2013

    Laura and James were unloading hay from a lowboy trailer near their barn when the horses trotted up and began to nibble at the bales. Standing on the trailer, their five-year-old daughter Tristen, a rodeo rider, began waving her arms to shoo them away. Spooked by the motion, the horses turned to ...

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  • Logan Schaefer

    Logan Schaefer: Teenager Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury

    February 4, 2013

    On July 12, 2010, 14-year-old Logan Schaefer had a wakeboarding accident that left him unconscious, unresponsive and seizing following a traumatic brain injury. After an emergency craniotomy to relieve pressure on the brain caused by a subdural hematoma, the following day Logan awakened just long...

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  • Roberta

    Roberta Reclaims Her Independence with Rehabilitation

    January 29, 2013

    While Roberta was enjoying time on her daughter’s porch in Sealy, Texas, her family became concerned that she did not look well. She had been having some headaches, but nothing that seemed out of the ordinary. On September 21, after getting what her family described as a “glazed and f...

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  • McKenzie

    McKenzy Winne: Traumatic Brain Injury

    January 10, 2013

    On September 15, 2007, McKenzy Winne was riding with two friends on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Suddenly and without warning, McKenzy was thrown from the tailgate. She tried to stand up, then collapsed in the street. After being flown to the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas...

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  • David Baker with Dr. Roc Chen

    David: Surgery to Treat Complex and Risky Brain Aneurysms

    December 27, 2012

    When David Baker started having headaches, his parents were concerned enough to schedule an appointment with his pediatrician. David Baker's pediatrician prescribed a strong medication that failed to stop the pain. When a second dose of the medication provided no relief, the physician sent them t...

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  • Kevin Everett

    After Being Paralyzed During an NFL Game, Kevin Everett is Standing Tall

    December 23, 2012

    When Buffalo Bills’ football player Kevin Everett arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann in September 2007 after suffering spinal cord injury on the field, he was paralyzed from the neck down. After months of aggressive therapy led by a group of physicians, physical therapists and occupational th...

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  • Read about Lexie Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury

    Lexie's Story: Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury

    December 23, 2012

    Eleven-year-old Lexie Bolds was having fun visiting a friend in Jasper, Texas, when she was involved in an accident that left her with a broken neck and arm. She injured vertebrae C2-C4 and injured her spinal cord at C4. Rushed to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center by Life Flight® helicopt...

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  • Read about Marquita Spell

    Marquita's Story: Fighting Esophageal Cancer and Winning

    November 30, 2012

    In early 2010, Marquita Spell knew something wasn’t right. She was beginning to have difficulty swallowing and getting food down was becoming increasingly painful. “The discomfort was unlike anything I had ever experienced before,” Marquita explained. “I never had issues w...

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  • Read about Ray Williams

    Ray's Story: Hospital Stay Ends Four Years of Achalasia

    November 30, 2012

    It was late 2004 when Ray Williams went to the doctor for the first time complaining of severe headaches. In fact, Ray had hit his head – not once, but twice – and it was a coworker who helped jog his memory of the first event. After returning to his physician for further evaluation, ...

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  • Faith Hagler

    Faith: Surgery in the Womb to Repair Spina Bifida

    October 26, 2012

    Faith’s story begins before she was born. But unlike others, her history was complicated by a prenatal diagnosis of myelomeningocele – spina bifida – at the age of 20 weeks. A complex and permanently disabling birth defect, spina bifida involves incomplete development of a porti...

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  • Read about Achieving Balance After a Concussion

    Achieving Balance After a Concussion

    January 1, 2012

    Nearly two years after Jonathan Hardegree's football- ending concussion, the pain of walking away from the game is still raw. What he considered a good defensive hit turned out to be so severe that he had to withdraw from school. Though the gifted quarterback wrestled with accepting life without ...

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  • Read about Linda Hudson-Smith

    Linda's Story: Hiatal Hernia Repair Ends Years of Suffering

    November 30, 2011

    Linda Hudson-Smith is no stranger to medical care. By age 56, she had undergone four complex surgeries involving abdominal incisions and had recently completed a third procedure to repair a hiatal hernia as a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). To compound her condition, Linda had a...

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  • Read about Graces Journey to Life Without GERD

    Grace's Journey to Life Without GERD

    January 12, 2011

    When Grace White was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in the mid-1990s, she never imagined how much the disorder would one day transform her life. “At the time – and for several years afterwards – the reflux was easily managed through medication,” she ...

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  • Christian Jones

    A Strong Comeback

    January 1, 2010

    Wide receiver Christian Jones was running a route during spring practice that he had run at least 100 times before. This time, the turf held his foot and his knee twisted. The Westfield High junior went down. At first, the ESPN.com four-star recruit wasn’t sure what had happened. “It wasn’t a pai...

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  • Quinn Stroube

    A Return to the Mound

    When medication and rest failed to bring pain relief to pitcher Henry “Quinn” Stroube’s throwing elbow, his parents decided to seek a second medical opinion. With MRI in hand, they met with Peter Sabonghy, M.D., a Memorial Hermann-affiliated orthopedic surgeon who serves as medical director of th...

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  • Mackenzie Wysong

    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.

    Mackenzie made up her mind to hav...

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  • Tony Lentola

    Tony's Story: Tonsil Cancer

    Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD, who routinely does surgery for oropharyngeal cancers using transoral robotic surgery with a CO2 laser, Lentola avoided the toxic treatments, the effects of which are particularly pronounced in head and neck cancer patients.

    "By combining the laser and...

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  • Venola Jolley

    Venola's Story: Hard-Won, Heart-Felt Victory

    Venola was so overcome with joy – and shock – at winning that the sweet victory did not sink in immediately. After all, it was only about 17 months after her lifesaving heart transplant. She had suffered from ischemic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease - also called coronary h...

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  • Rennie

    Rennie Overcoming Joint Pain

    The nagging pain in both of Rennie Swift’s knees began about 15 years ago. Looking for relief, Rennie had arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees, which helped with his pain for several years. “The pain returned with a gusto,” he admits. “Especially, the right knee.”...

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  • Read about Steves Story Heart Transplant

    Steve's Story: Heart Transplant

    After several heart attacks and multiple unsuccessful attempts to manage his congestive heart failure, Steve sought a heart transplant team to begin a new journey. The process of heart transplantation can be daunting but the heart surgeons’ and specialists’ display of high competence ...

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  • Larry

    Larry’s Aortic Stenosis Story

    During a visit with his cardiologist Larry was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect: aortic stenosis. With this condition, the valve gets very tight and limits blood flow to the entire body. Larry was then referred to Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute affiliated cardiothoracic a...

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