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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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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 L.: 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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Supraclavicular Brachioplexus Leiomyosarcoma | Mischer Neuroscience Institute | Houston, TX
Diagnosed in 2006 with a rare type of leiomyosarcoma that originated in her inferior vena cava, Hilary Cannon found herself, by the fall of 2012, at the end of known or offered treatments for her particular manifestation of the disease.
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Tyerike Cleveland | Mischer Neuroscience Institute | Houston, TX
It was a blustery afternoon just like any other last February, when 14-year-old Tyerike Cleveland set off on his bike from his west Houston-area home, riding the trail behind his neighborhood to a nearby subdivision where a friend lived. He had made the same ride dozens of times and thought nothing of leaving his helmet behind. After all, he was just making a quick trip to retrieve a borrowed textbook, and didn’t even tell his parents where he was going since he knew he would be right back. That innocent bike ride turned almost tragic however when a driver in a pickup truck ran a red light where Tyerike was crossing the street, hitting his bike and sending him flying before he landed hard in the middle of the street.
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Christine Portillo: A Matter of Genetics
Christine Portillo’s story has the power to save lives. It begins in 1998, the year her mother suffered a stroke as the result of two ruptured intracranial aneurysms. “She recovered quickly and went back to work two weeks later, but we don’t remember anyone telling the family that aneurysms can be hereditary,” Portillo says. “And no one told her that she should be checked annually for a recurrence.”
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August Nunez: All the King’s Horses and All the Kings Men
In the last decade, pain management has assumed a more central role in medicine. Physicians and other healthcare providers are more aware of the effects of pain on the body and teams like the one at Mischer Neuroscience Institute work together to help treat patients suffering from pain. August Nuñez is a beneficiary of this teamwork—after debilitating lumbar stenosis and spinal disease, the 70-year-old is walking and going about his life pain-free.
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Judith Harris: An Accomplished Academic Triumphs Over an Unexpected Physical Challenge
“Maybe it’s just stress,” thought Judith Harris when she suddenly experienced a severe pain in her neck while lying on the couch in her downtown Houston home. A professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downton, Harris juggles a heavy workload and academic publication schedule. “I thought maybe I just needed a good massage,” she notes. Just in case, Harris contacted a friend who is a nurse practitioner at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC).
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Maria Trevino: Back at Work After DBS for Parkinson’s Disease
Diagnosed in 2007 with Parkinson’s disease, Maria Trevino describes herself today as “a new person” thanks to the skill of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) team at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
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Isabella Colacchio: Out of the Shadow
As an infant, Isabella Colacchio was always fussy. “It seemed like she rarely slept,” says her mother Cara Colacchio, a resident of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. “Bella would go through periods when it was worse and then better. She had headaches, stomachaches, extreme sensitivity to light and blurry vision.” In 2012, Bella suffered heart palpitations and fainting spells, and was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We were just starting to figure out that she had dysautonomia and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, when a neurologist saw her as an inpatient and found a pineal cyst,” Colacchio says.
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Jordan's Story - Stroke at 16
During a routine football practice Jordan suddenly felt dizzy and showed signs that something was wrong. He was immediately taken to Memorial Hermann.
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Lauren's Story: Saved by Superglue
Fourth grade picture day took a drastic turn for Lauren Lackey and her family. After being rushed to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lauren was diagnosed with two complex conditions that restricted blood flow to her brain.
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Mary McDowell success story
Severe Back Pain Relief Without Surgery
For Pearland native Mary McDowell, the excruciating back pain that resulted from her degenerative osteoarthritis had become a way of life that was too much for her and her husband to bear. Although she had struggled with back pain for some time, over the past few years it had worsened dramatically, affecting her quality of life around the clock.
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Relief from 14 Years of Headaches
It was her Ob/Gyn who first suggested that the location of the headaches indicated they might be something other than migraines and referred her to a neurologist, who ordered an MRI. Based on the results, he diagnosed her with Chiari I malformation, a neurological disorder in which the cerebellum...
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Cynthia Reynolds: Her Own Miracle
Cynthia Reynolds was enjoying a quiet evening at home on New Year’s Day 2014, when the sudden onset of a severe headache prompted her to ask her husband and daughter to drive her to the emergency room. “Right away I knew this was not a normal headache,” says Reynolds, who is 54. A scan at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center revealed a subarachnoid hemorrhage, she was transferred by ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center....
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Lisa McIntyre | Success Story | Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Lisa, now 52, started noticing “little things” when she was 40. First it was a tremor in her wrist. Later she developed headaches and stiffness in her neck and shoulders.
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Tommy Smith: A Walking Miracle
In the nine months that passed before 63-year-old Tommy Smith found his way to the office of Daniel H. Kim, M.D., FACS, FAANS, he gradually lost muscle function to the point of paralysis. By November 2012, he could no longer walk, feed himself or move his right hand.
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Beating the Glioblastoma Multiforme Odds
Michael Sleeper is one of many patients to benefit from the clinical trial of a novel vaccine for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), currently under way at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Led by principal investigator Jay-Jiguang Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., the trial is determining the safety and efficacy of the ICT-107 vaccine in newly diagnosed GBM patients following resection and chemoradiation.
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