Patient Stories

A cancer survivor. A heart attack victim. Pediatric patients. Be inspired by medical stories from ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary challenges. Hear about the health problems and transformations of and by our patients.

Organ Donation: The Gift of Life

Eighteen people die each day because there aren’t enough organs available for those in need, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Laurie Miller of Harrisonburg donated a kidney to a stranger in need.


And there are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for organs nationwide,…

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Common Bonds: Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville Helps Families Affected by Congenital Heart Defects

Recreation therapist Laurie Sewell sits cross-legged on the floor of a UVA hospital conference room. She’s demonstrating infant massage techniques on a doll while 2-year-old Haley Poore watches her and plays with a colorful toddler toy.

Recreational therapist Laurie Sewell (right) and Mended Little Hearts volunteer Lisa Wickersty demonstrate infant…

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A Heart Rhythm Back on Track

After running his first marathon in November 2010, Todd Smith was in the best shape of his life. At 49 years old, he felt great. So it came as a surprise in early 2011 when he started having frequent bouts of unexplained lightheadedness.

Heart rhythm patient Todd Smith (left) and…

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