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.

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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Clinical Trial Helping Kids with Peanut Allergies

Luke and Mary Roberts

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 amounts of peanuts. Luke once…

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