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Gabrielle Giffords’ Extraordinary Journey
The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head at pointblank range on Jan. 8 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: On the Road to Recovery
The Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) and TIRR Memorial Hermann took the national stage when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.
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Martha Mazzola: A Day Unlike Any Other
Martha Mazzola recalls very little of the evening she suffered an acute ischemic stroke.
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Janie Totten: Against All Odds
As a three-year survivor of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), Janie Totten has defied the odds. “I was determined that I wasn’t going to let this cancer beat me,” says the 60-year-old Houston resident. After my surgery, I did exercises at home with my arms and fingers and got stronger and stronger.
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Gary McGehee: Home on the Range
When 63-year-old West Texas rancher Gary McGehee began experiencing episodes of tingling in his left shoulder and arm in 2010, he was treated for heart disease in San Angelo, the town located nearest the ranch he and his wife Carolyn own in Irion County.
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Deep Brain Stimulation Changes a Life
Five years ago Megan Collins’ life was marked by pain, social embarrassment and uncertainty about her medical future. Today, the 35-year-old considers herself lucky.
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Tom Tinn: From Stroke to a New Life Abroad
Tom Tinn’s stroke led him to rearrange his life in some very interesting ways. The journey began on September 14, 2011. The 55-year-old had just finished breakfast when his wife looked at him and noticed the telltale droop of stroke on the left side of his face.
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Kellee Hearne: Relief from 14 Years of Headaches
Twenty-four-year-old Kellee Hearne had suffered severe headaches from the age of 10. Over the course of those 14 years, several physicians diagnosed her with migraines, but none of the medications they prescribed eliminated the pain.
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Beating the Glioblastoma Multiforme Odds
Van Buren, Arkansas, resident Lenord Lewis was working in Houston when his recurrent headaches became so bad that a co-worker drove him to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas
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Tonya Daniel: Relief from 24/7 Headaches
Forty-two-year-old Tonya Daniel began suffering severe headaches when she was a teenager. Then they stopped, recurring only on occasion. Two years ago, the pain returned, and by 2012 she was living with a headache 24 hours a day
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Thomas Campbell: Reversing Dementia
Houston resident Thomas Campbell* was working on contract with a civil engineering group when he noticed he was tripping frequently when he walked.
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Lindsay Holstead: Back in the Saddle
Equestrian Lindsay Holstead was leading her warmblood to the pasture on an unseasonably cold day in April 2013, when he became rambunctious and began to buck.
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Lisa Mosely: A Blessing in Disguise
A year earlier, on May 8, his mother, Lisa Mosely, was in the operating room with a neurosurgical team led by Dong Kim, M.D., director of the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center
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Erick Sandoval: A Successful Brain Surgery Changes a Young Boy’s Career Choice
At first Debra Johnson didn’t associate her 11-year-old son’s unusual behavior with seizure activity.
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Carlos Velázquez: Cancer Is Just a Word
Every other month, Carlos Velázquez and his wife, Mónica Costa, make the 12,500-mile round trip between their home in Asunción, Paraguay, and Houston, Texas, where Velázquez is undergoing an innovative treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The Paraguayan couple and their Texas Medical Center neuro-oncology team have broken the barriers of distance and communication, allowing Velázquez to benefit from advanced treatments available at the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute.
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Robin Schroeder: Woman on Fire
Opportunity often arrives disguised as misfortune. After Robin Schroeder was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she set out to ride the MS 150, a two-day cycling event organized by the National MS Society to raise funds for research. Her success led to an even greater accomplishment...
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Back Pain | A Successful Nonsurgical Fix for Alan | Patient Story
Alan Benson had suffered from very painful sciatica for six long weeks by the time he arrived in the office of interventional pain management specialist Divya Chirumamilla, M.D. He came by way of Geoffrey Zubay, M.D., FACS, a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in complex spinal reconstructive surgery. The two physicians work together at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-The Woodlands to ensure their patients access to fast, comprehensive spine care with effective pain management.
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Cristian Serrato: Deep Brain Stimulation Transforms a Life
Until the age of six, Cristian was walking, talking and eating normally. “Then one by one she started losing all the milestones she’d met,” says Guadalupe Serrato, her father. “I have videos of her going to the park, playing on the jungle gym, playing with her friends and then she could no longer do any of those things.”
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The Perfect Candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy | Children's Neuroscience Center
Born seven weeks early, Darius suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage in the first few days of life – a common occurrence with premature birth. The hemorrhage left him with a single significant deficit: spasticity in the lower limbs...
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Jill’s Story: Teaming Up for Minimally Invasive Removal of a Pituitary Tumor
When a pituitary tumor returned after being removed 20 years ago, Jill joined the ranks of patients who have benefited from the teamwork of affiliated neurosurgeon Spiros Blackburn, M.D., and rhinologist William Yao, M.D. The two specialists work together at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center to ensure a smoother road to recovery and improve outcomes for patients with pituitary and skull base tumors and disorders.
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Maria Flores Defies the Odds Against Brain Cancer | Mischer Neurosciences
For those diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the most common and deadly types of malignant brain tumors, the outlook for long-term survival can be devastatingly grim. The average life expectancy after diagnosis hovers near 15 months, and the five-year survival rate is less than 4 percent. But for 57-year-old Maria Flores, succumbing to the disease without a fight was not an option. Her loved ones say that through her strong faith, positive outlook and the exceptional care she has received at the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, she is still here today – an astounding seven years after her original diagnosis.
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Riley: No Stone Unturned
When Riley’s parents enrolled her in a clinical trial for recurrent medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade tumor located in the cerebellum, her response to treatment was dramatic. The trial is available only at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
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Miles McDonough: Unstoppable
In September 2011, alpine enthusiast and searchand- rescue team member Miles McDonough fell 65 feet while scaling Mount Stuart in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. In the accident, he fractured his right humeral head and scapula, an injury that damaged the brachial plexus nerves controlling movement of the shoulder and biceps muscles. Twenty hours passed before he was rescued and transported to emergency care.
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Young Children and Bike Accidents: Recovery After a Biking-Related Brain Injury
It was Daniel Turya’s eighth birthday and he couldn’t wait to take his new birthday gift from his parents out for a spin. It was a shiny new bike, and even though he didn’t have a helmet, he was just riding right outside of his apartment doorstep with his buddies. Soon after he got on, he accidentally ran into his friend’s bicycle in front of him. His bike flipped, sending Daniel backwards off his own bike, where he hit the back of his head on the concrete. “He ran inside screaming and said it felt like his eyes were on fire,” said Daniel’s mother Loretta.
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Christine Smid: Relief from the Suicide Disease
Twenty-five-year-old Christine Smid was in good health until 2007, when she began to notice a sharp pain in her face that began just below the eyelid and extended down to her upper teeth and lip. “It came out of nowhere, a burning, shocking pain that ran from my left cheek to my two front teeth,” Smid says....
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