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'...
A Cold Stole His Heart, But Not His Spirit
By all accounts, Kyle 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 for th...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
Patient treated for rare skull base aneurysm
In early 2017, Rebecca, 40, experienced significant ear pain. She thought it was another event in her history of sinus problems. Her primary care provider agreed, but also noticed Rebecca’s tonsils seemed swollen. Rebecca was prescribed steroids and antibiotics and took the whole course, but felt no better.
Teen Receives Lifesaving Trauma Care
In 2017, the Bohns’ 2 sons were involved in a head-on car collision. Hunter was 18. Gavin, 16. The crash happened near their home in Columbus, a small town in southeastern Kansas. Ambulances transported the boys to a nearby hospital in Joplin, Missouri. Gavin suffered a concussion, broken nose, cuts and bruises. Hunter was not so lucky. “They told us the right side of his skull was crushed,” Eric said through tears. “They said we should go to The University of Kansas Hospital.”
Spine Surgery, Pain Management and Quality of Life
In 1985, Tom Shaw was an athletic, optimistic high school sophomore in Enid, Oklahoma. At just 16, he was already being recruited by many college football programs. Then he was in a terrible car accident, smashing into an embankment. He and his family were told that he would never walk again. “You don’t know Tom,” said his family. After a 14-hour operation, weeks in a hospital and rehab facility, Tom hobbled out with braces up to his hips and crutches under his arm. But just six months after surgery, he required another.
Football Player Tackles Spondylolysis
Learn about Ben's experience with spondylolysis including physical therapy. Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in the vertebrae and lower back, commonly seen in football players, cheerleaders and gymnasts.
Driven to Succeed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
In 2015, Claire Vedock was a happy, healthy teen finishing her senior year of high school. She played on the school’s tennis and soccer teams and on club teams. She couldn’t wait to graduate and launch her adult life at Arizona State University. But...