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Patient Stories (Page 14)

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 our patients.

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Pancreatic Cancer: Debbie Ryan and Why You Should Care
Patient Stories 11/15/2011

It’s not every day you get to meet a living legend. On the eve of November, National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, that’s what I got to do — talk to one of the very, very few people alive who has survived pancreatic cancer. She also happens to be Debbie Ryan,…

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A Young Mother’s Story of Liver Transplant and Survival
Patient Stories 11/1/2011

Leah Yetzer, 30, was 37 weeks pregnant with twin boys in 2009 when doctors discovered she’d developed HELLP syndrome, a rare but serious condition that occurs during pregnancy or just after delivery. HELLP reduces red blood cells and increases liver enzymes. Leah was airlifted to UVA, where she had a…

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Clinical Trial Helping Kids with Peanut Allergies
Patient Stories 9/20/2011

[caption id="attachment_1467" align="alignright" width="300"] Luke and Mary Roberts[/caption] Everywhere Luke Roberts goes, his parents must worry about peanuts. If 7-year-old Luke eats peanuts, he could vomit, break out into hives or even stop breathing. Avoiding them isn’t as simple as passing up on Snickers bars. Many processed foods contain trace…

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New Heart Valve Treatment Uses Hybrid OR video post
Patient Stories 9/13/2011

Sidestepping a Third Open-Heart Surgery “For the most part, I live the life of an average 24-year-old graduate student,” says Brandon Conroy. But like others born with congenital heart defects, he’s also in the hospital a lot. He has been through two open-heart surgeries: The first at age 5 to…

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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: A Lifesaving Treatment
Patient Stories 7/19/2011

[caption id="attachment_868" align="alignright" width="199"] Gamma Knife surgery treated Kay Brockwell's brain tumor.[/caption] When Kay Brockwell of Altavista, Va., received the diagnoses of brain cancer last summer, her body had already been through the mill – twice. In 2006, she was operated on for ovarian and colon cancers, followed by weeks…

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