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Endovascular Expertise Enables Dramatic Recovery

The expertise of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of specialists at The University of Kansas Health System turned a near-tragic event into an inspiring success. Eli Gregg, then 15, was outdoors with his brothers and friends when they discovere...

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Affordable Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Marla Live a Fuller Life

Gastric sleeve surgery always had been out of reach for Marla Cantwell, 61. Her health insurance didn't cover it, and the out-of-pocket expense at hospitals near Monett, Missouri, where she lives, was more than $25,000. Then a friend told her about T...

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Advanced Treatment for Rare CIDP Nerve Disease

A career in farming demands strength, stamina and a degree of fitness. Those are qualities Ron Reidlinger took for granted until he was in his early 40s. Ron and his brother work 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and livestock near the rural town of Darl...

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Living Kidney Donor Offers Second Chance at Life

When Trish Ford received a diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) at age 30, she was shocked. She'd been struggling with stomach pain and high blood pressure since she was a teenager, but never imagined the underlying cause was PKD. "They didn'...

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Expert Care Improves Rare Myositis

Gene Fox thought he was just out of shape. The 62-year-old hospice chaplain admits he was overweight and rarely exercised. But when he tried to wash his hair on a May 2018 morning, he couldn't raise his arms high enough to do the job. Gene and his wi...

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A Cold Stole His Heart, but not His Spirit

By all accounts, Kyle Warren was a healthy, 46-year old husband and father. Until he wasn't. In 2013, he held a demanding job with the Missouri Department of Transportation, spending long days outdoors on his feet. He was also a volunteer firefighter...

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From 100 Daily Seizures to Seizure Freedom

When Joe Dwyer met epileptologist Patrick Landazuri, MD, at The University of Kansas Health System, he'd had uncontrolled epilepsy for 17 years and was experiencing up to 100 small seizures or auras each day. People with epilepsy are familiar with au...

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Ending Seizures Offers New Beginning

Shyanna Cassatt has few memories of her childhood. One of 5 siblings, she grew up in Bellevue, Kansas, a small community near Manhattan. At age 7, she developed serious inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. Her parents took her to the area's...

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Ticket to Enjoying Life

For Jerod Greenlee, life was a spectator sport. He watched others go to the movies, plan trips to amusement parks and take vacations – things his 415-pound frame kept him from doing. He had tried to lose weight many times, using diet plans, prescript...

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Active Grandmother Helps Drive Parkinson's Research

Pam Sullivan is a 64-year-old grandmother living with Parkinson's disease. While receiving advanced care from Kansas City's experts, she's also helping to shape the future of Parkinson's disease treatment and bring new therapies to market. She's an e...

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Couple Receive Twin TAVRs

She had a family history of heart disease and watched her heart health closely. He had no heart problems at all in his family and anticipated no issues of his own. But despite differing histories, Kathleen and Richard Lenz – husband and wife of more...

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Brain Surgery Helps Beat Rare Moyamoya Disease

Surgical technologist Jason Edwards was at work in the operating room at North Kansas City Hospital when his right arm went limp.

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Wrestler Returns to the Mat After ACL Injury

Kody Ketchum, a sophomore at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri, began wrestling when he was just 6 years old. The sport has taught him many lessons, including how to overcome setbacks. So when he tore his ACL during a wrestling match in...

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Grafting, Reconstruction Save Life After Trauma

When Jim Morris woke up in the ICU at The University of Kansas Health System, he didn’t know where he was or what had happened. His friends and family gave him the details of the work accident that took his life – twice – before doctors gave it back.

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Caring for a Medically Complex Child

Deciding where to go to college, what to wear to prom, or how to ask out a crush are normal concerns for many teenagers. Wondering how long their new heart will keep them alive is usually not one of them. But for Sam Allen it is. At just 16 years ol...

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