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young boy named Crue with a fractured arm in hospital bed

Injury becomes game-changer for Super Bowl party

During the Super Bowl, Megan and Dustin Dalbey were in Sanford’s Emergency Department with their 3-year-old-son, Crue.

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Kris Kuehl TBI Patient, brain injury, therapy, cognitive difficulty, metaphors, coping skills, kris kuehl, orthopedic physical therapist

Metaphor and life with a brain injury

It was a beautiful August morning in 2021 when Kris Kuehl was preparing to start her day working as an orthopedic physical therapist.

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Brenden Bryce TBI OP With His Therapists, tbi, wrestling accident causes a brain injury, traumatic brain injury, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, physical therapy, grateful patient

Wrestling accident causes a brain injury that went from devastating to miraculous within one year

Brenden was at practice hit the back right of his head on the entry door to the wrestling room. He brushed it off.

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Matthew Hector Wanda And Daughter TBI Patient

Matthew’s TBI journey, his participation in a research trial, and his reunion with those that cared for him

Matthew’s brain was severely damaged and was quickly swelling and they needed to perform a decompressive craniectomy

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Listen to your body (and somebody who loves you)

Will M. Smith was brought to our emergency department (ED) via ambulance after experiencing extreme upper abdominal pain

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After surviving a severe TBI, a patient returns to thank the team members

Erin (Duffy) Carlson was 23 years old when she was hit by another vehicle while riding in a car on July 20, 2007.

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Kathleen and Cole Hustad, doula program, placenta previa, c-section, kathleen hustad, community philanthropy

Kathleen’s miracle and giving back

Eleven years after her son’s miraculous birth, Kathleen Hustad is giving back with her team at Associated Healthcare Credit Union.

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Brent Worwa And Dr Wert

Giant spiders, brush with death prompt life-changing end to alcohol addiction

Brent said out loud to himself, “I’m going to die today.” He had a friend drive him immediately to HCMC’s emergency department.

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A pilot delivers meals to people with high-risk pregnancies

Imagine struggling with a high-risk pregnancy and an organization offering meals free of charge for you and the rest of your family.

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pam garcia cruz, burn patient, burn center, trauma care for burns, healing center for burn victims

Pam’s story – my scars don’t define me

Pam doesn’t remember a thing. She was sleeping at a friend’s house and woke up in an ICU bed in Hennepin Healthcare’s Burn Center.

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Jared Murphy, heart attack, cardiac arrest, widowmaker, hennepin ems, occlusion myocardial infarction

Not alien to hard work – heart attack, cardiac arrest no match for patient

Designer Jared Murphy was visiting a home where he had been working on a project when he suddenly wasn’t feeling well.

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Loss of sight is always a medical emergency – and seeing is believing

On Friday, February 17, 2023, photographer Jerry Robb woke up nearly blind in his right eye. “As to be expected, I was terrified,” he said.

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Gender-affirming care: What is it?

Gender-affirming care supports the transition of transgender and non-binary individuals to their gender identity.

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National adolescent health month highlights ways to support youth

The National Adolescent Health Month™ recognizes adolescent strengths, promotes meaningful activities, and good adolescent health.

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A match in more ways than one

Callie found out early on that people can donate one kidney to someone, and that you can live with just one remaining kidney.

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Teen pregnancy and mental health

For teens, pregnancy can impact their mental health in drastic ways that differ from older pregnancy experiences.

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American heart month highlights employee patient story

Megan has struggled with many medical problems, including congestive heart failure which is due to her postpartum cardiomyopathy.

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Frostbite sidelines patient visiting from New York

David was sidelined at the football game when he spent time outside in brutally cold conditions without gloves.

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The longest living HCMC kidney transplant patient

DuWayne Virnig of Little Falls, MN is Hennepin Healthcare’s longest living kidney transplant patient, at the age of 82.

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A day to carry with me forever

A hospice nurse discovers gratitude for life, love, and people as she keeps vigil over a dying patient.

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