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Patient Stories

  • Dennis Culver

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Dennis Culver, a patient from the Rose Institute for Joint Replacement, tells about his life living with hip pain, and how it has changed since his hip replacement surgery at Rose Medical Center.

  • John Grover

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient John Grover talks about surgery at Rose and how orthopedic surgery at Rose got him back to his life.

  • Susan Bruce

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Hear from Susan Bruce about her experience having hip replacement surgery with Dr. Dennis Chang.

  • Tom Walker

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient Tom Walker had orthopedic surgery at Rose and it helped to get him back to hiking and back to his life.

  • Edie Revie

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Edie Revie shares how she got her life back with knee replacement surgery at the Rose Institute for Joint Replacement.

  • Jim Schell

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient Jim Schell loves to travel and orthopedic surgery at Rose helped to get him back to his life.

  • Dick Funk

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient Dick Funk talks about how hip surgery at Rose helped to get him back to golf and back to life.

  • John Shaw

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient John Shaw talks about how hip surgery at Rose took care of him and helped to get him back to life.

  • Michelle Bowles

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Michelle shares her back pain experience and how her life changed after having a spinal fusion procedure at the Rose Spine Institute.

  • William Dahlberg

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Patient William Dahlberg had shoulder surgery at Rose and it helped to get him back to his life.

  • Chuck Farmer

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Chuck Farmer, a patient at the Rose Institute for Joint Replacement, share his story about his shoulder pain. His life changed dramatically after his shoulder replacement surgery, and he's enjoyed getting back to the activities that he loves.

  • Jack Kloenne

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Jack Kloenne, a patient at the Rose Spine Institute, shares his experience. Jack suffered from chronic back pain and discusses how his life changed after his spine surgery.

  • Greg Klinkel

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Greg Klinkel tells his patient experience with Dr. Dennis Chang.

  • Bryan Swift

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/16/2017

    Hear from Bryan Swift about his experience with Dr. Dennis Chang.

  • Kathy Kelly

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/15/2017

    Kathy Kelly shares her story of a knee replacement surgery with Dr. Dennis Chang.

  • William Dahlberg

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/15/2017

    Patient William Dahlberg had shoulder surgery at Rose and it helped to get him back to his life.

  • Jim Schell

    ortho-spine , rose

    09/15/2017

    Patient Jim Schell loves to travel and orthopedic surgery at Rose helped to get him back to his life.

  • James Phil Barra

    As an old Army vet and retired school principal, James Phil Barra shoots straight. At 79, he tells people the stage 4 cancer that has challenged him for the past four years will probably have him “pushing up daisies” soon. But that doesn’t mean the witty Colorado Springs husband and grandfather won’t fight for more time if given a chance.

  • Bill Meehan

    airlife , stroke , swedish

    07/28/2017

    On the day Bill Meehan dropped “like a sack of potatoes” at the gym, he had wrestled with whether or not to work out. The Chief Operating Officer for Frontier Airlines was considering pointing his car toward I-70 and heading to his Breckenridge cabin, rather than the Denver health club.

  • Jenny Card

    Jenny Card and her husband were playing “Beat the Parents” with their kids when she got the phone call from her doctor. As she learned her tests were positive, her 10-year- old son and 8-year-old daughter oblivious by her side, Jenny locked eyes with her husband across the boardgame-strewn table and mouthed the words: I have cancer.

  • Caven Ronald

    One day last spring, Caven Ronald went to warm up the John Deere before tackling the morning’s project. But that day, the tractor didn’t cooperate. “Instead of just starting, it decided to go, and I couldn’t get out of the way,” says Caven, who knew firing up farm equipment from the ground was a no-no. But after the monstrous back tire rolled over him, crushing his pelvis, Caven is not likely to do it again. “I was on the ground, realizing this wasn’t going to turn out well.”

  • Lee Brooke

    After a grizzly attack in the remote Wyoming backcountry, Lee Brooke was airlifted to receive care from Swedish Medical Center, one of the few Level 1 trauma centers in the region.

  • Jody & Lauren Balaun

    07/27/2017

    After learning during a routine ultrasound that she and her baby girl had an incurable genetic disease that killed her father at 52 and her grandmother at 54, Jody Balaun focused on living life with purpose. She and her husband adopted another daughter from China, raised awareness and funds for the disorder, and made active family time a priority. But they always knew the disease would eventually show its ugly side.

  • Rachel Bjorkman

    At six months pregnant, Rachel Bjorkman’s fifth run at motherhood took an unexpected turn. An ultrasound revealed a dangerous condition that threatened her baby’s life. The discovery was early enough that the chances of saving her daughter were high. But it meant Mom would have to spend her last weeks of pregnancy in the hospital - during Christmas.

  • Bree Wolfe

    For Bree, who proclaimed at age 3 that she was going to be a “baby doctor,” it wasn’t the birthing scenario she had envisioned. For years, the Denver doula planned a midwife attended, wholly natural, water birth. But that dream was crushed by an auto-accident injury, which made the risk of stroke during labor too high.

  • Sandra & Ethan White

    From the day she took her little boy out of a verbally-abusive home, Sandra White struggled with raising her son. At first, there were tears. Why didn’t his daddy love him? Then he closed up, stuffing his emotions inside. Breakdowns and panic attacks marked his early grade-school years. And then the anger arose.

  • Satish & Malini

    cmfh , ptrmhc , rmhc

    07/27/2017

    When medical doctors Satish Gadi and Malini Dasari were told their unborn daughter had a rare lung condition, the Baton Rouge couple soon went on a search for the nation's top expert and repeatedly heard the same answer: RMHC's Dr. Steven Rothenberg.

  • Mina Cohen

    pslmc , robotics

    07/21/2017

    After Denver resident Mina Cohen started experiencing severe cramping and indescribable pain, she decided it was time to seek medical help. A friend recommended Dr. Jennifer Guggenheim of Consultants in Obstetrics & Gynecology, who determined that Mina had a large fibroid and needed to have surgery. She was given the options of removal—which would likely lead to further surgery in the future—or a hysterectomy.

  • Jessica Barton

    neuromodulation , pslmc

    07/05/2017

    When Jessica Barton was 12 years old, she was knocked down by a dog in a park. She was taken to the ER, but was sent home when doctors couldn't find anything wrong. A few months later, she woke up with excruciating pain in her back. After several exploratory surgeries it was discovered that Jessica had actually broken a bone in her back which cut into a nerve, causing her pain.

  • Charles Sykes

    cancer , gi cancer , psl

    07/03/2017

    In 2011, Charles Sykes was diagnosed with carcinoid tumors of the small intestines, a slow-growing cancer that often affects the digestive tract. His medical case was presented for review at tumor board in Nashville, TN and Dr. Eric Liu - a surgical oncologist specializing in neuroendocrine tumors - knew he could help.

  • Steve Johnson

    psl , robotics

    06/03/2017

    Steve Johnson is an active outdoorsman. From his college days as an oarsman to his extensive biking commutes, Steve found himself always on the go until he was plagued by a series of reoccurring hernias, many of which were bilateral. Facing his seventh hernia repair, Steve was determined to make it his last one. He visited four surgeons before meeting and selecting Dr. Tony Canfield, Medical Director and Robotic Surgeon at the Center for Robotic Surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL), for his surgery. With six prior surgeries as his reference point, Steve was in awe of the recovery time. Just one day post surgery he was standing up straight and less than four weeks post surgery, he was back to biking 60+ miles. He is thankful to Dr. Canfield and the team at P/SL and optimistic this will be his last hernia repair.

  • Jacquie Davey

    psl , robotics

    05/19/2017

    When Jacquie Davey developed spotting 12 years after menopause, she knew she needed to make an appointment with her gynecologist to find out what was going on. After an ultrasound revealed that she had either a fibroid or polyp, Jacquie was referred to Dr. Victor Dabelea – a designated Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology – for further examination.

  • Jamey Feger

    kidney , psl

    04/28/2017

    Due to an autoimmune-triggered issue, Jamey Feger required quarterly blood tests and he knew one day he would need a kidney transplant. On Christmas Eve in 2014, that fateful news came when tests came back that he was in renal failure that required him to be on dialysis and join the transplant list. Jamey’s out-of-state cousin found he was a match and decided to save Jamey through living donation.

  • Emul King

    cardiac , psl

    04/26/2017

    Emul King was unable to walk long distances without needing to sit down and take a break. After meeting with Dr. Dilsher Nawaz with the Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), tests revealed that he needed a quadruple bypass to reduce his chances of a massive heart attack, stroke or even death.

  • Bob Ellis

    kidney , psl

    04/24/2017

    Born with Polycystic Kidney Disease, Bob Ellis knew that one day he would have to undergo a kidney transplant. The past two years, Bob’s family and friends noticed his health was rapidly declining. He was losing color, napping more and slowing down — he desperately needed a kidney.

  • Lindsay Schumaker

    cmfh , rmhc

    04/17/2017

    When Brant and Lindsay Schumaker found out they were expecting their second child, they began their prenatal journey at the Ivinson Memorial Hospital in their hometown of Laramie, Wyoming, where their first daughter Anna had been born. They had normal check-ups and no reason to suspect anything was wrong, but at around 35 weeks, Lindsay started having severe contractions and went into labor.

  • Andrea Rau

    ob , psl

    04/14/2017

    Andrea Rau chose to deliver her baby girl at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL) for a multitude of reasons and she could not be happier with the outcome. Working with Dr. Jennifer Guggenheim, a physician with Consultants in OB/GYN at P/SL, complications with her child were identified at an early stage and closely monitored by high-risk obstetricians.

  • Shelli's Bariatric Success Story

    bariatric , skyridge

    04/12/2017

    "I decided to talk to a doctor about the procedure so I continued to research until I came across Dr. Chae. He had the most experience in sleeves and I couldn’t find any negative reviews. I went in for my consultation in October and it was a whirlwind from there."

  • Kendra's Bariatric Success Story

    bariatric , rosemed

    04/12/2017

    "I have struggled with weight all my life. I went through years of ups and downs of extreme dieting and exercise, and it got to the point where I felt frustrated and had basically given up on weight loss success. When I finally reached about 280 pounds, I knew I needed something permanent and effective."

  • Jane Ginsberg

    bariatric , psl

    04/12/2017

    Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center patient, Jane, talks about the weight loss surgery program and her transformation.

  • Patty Fredericks

    bariatric , swedish

    04/12/2017

    Patty Fredericks is no longer hiding behind the struggles of weight loss after turning 50 this past year she decided it was time to do something. “I want to tell people to come out of hiding. I did and it’s the best choice I’ve ever made in my life” explains Fredericks. After years of spending money on diets and trainers, nothing seemed to work.

  • Chad's Bariatric Success Story

    bariatric , northsuburban

    04/12/2017

    "I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I could lose a little weight by I always gained it back. I felt my weight was robbing me of the life I used to have. My health became affected by my weight and I had high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, difficulty sleeping and lack of energy."

  • John Romero

    kidney , psl

    04/05/2017

    John Romero was born with Alport's Disease, a rare, hereditary kidney disease that over time drastically lowers the functionality of the kidney. When John turned about 30-years-old, his kidney function rapidly deteriorated forcing him on kidney dialysis and to eventually be added to the transplant waitlist.

  • Douglas Foe

    cancer , cdlp , swedish

    03/31/2017

    Douglas Foe’s deadly pancreatic cancer – that he’d managed to survive for more than six years – returned for a second time recently, spreading to his adrenal gland. But the positive Foe – whom his wife calls "highly abnormal" – thanks his upbeat attitude for licking cancer again. Well, that, and progressing technology.

  • Stephanie Madsen

    cancer , gyn-onc , swedish

    03/31/2017

    When she was twenty-five years old, Littleton Colorado's Stephanie Madsen thought she had her entire future planned out. Newly married, she wanted to move to a new city, buy a new house and start a family with her husband Matt. Life seemed to be perfect for Stephanie until one day her list of dreams quickly turned into a battle plan to fight cancer. "It was so tough, I felt like we had lost our freedom to plan our lives," says Stephanie.

  • Sharon Baltzell

    cancer , lung , swedish

    03/31/2017

    Sharon Baltzell will tell you that she's alive today for two reasons: 1) She quit smoking 10 years ago, and 2) She heeded a public-service announcement from HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center to have a low-cost lung scan. The Nebraska resident even dragged her husband along because of a short history of cigar smoking.

  • Tovah Garland

    ob , psl

    03/30/2017

    Tovah Garland feels blessed to deliver a happy, healthy baby at Presbyterian/St. Luke's, but it was her experience with Certified Nurse Midwife Cheryl Kohrs with Consultants in OBGYN that really stood out to her.

  • Robert Chesney

    cardiac , psl

    03/20/2017

    P/SL Cardiac Rehab patient Robert Chesney talks about his progress and the good and bad of being a chef.

  • Nancy Steffen

    cardiac , psl

    03/20/2017

    Cardiac patient Nancy Steffen shares her experience with the P/SL Cardiac Rehab Team.

  • Harry Swinhart

    cardiac , psl

    03/20/2017

    Harry Swinhart talks about his cardiac care experience at P/SL and the Cardiac Rehab Department.

  • Allen Metzgar

    cardiac , psl

    03/20/2017

    P/SL patient Allen Metzgar had open heart surgery and talks about his experience and getting better.

  • Munsey Ayers

    cardiac , psl

    03/18/2017

    When Munsey Ayers began experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains while exercising, he mentioned the symptoms to his oncologist at his next visit. He was advised to see Dr. Dilsher Nawaz at Aurora-Denver Cardiology Associates the following day for an EKG.

  • Crystal Padilla

    institute-limb-pres , pslmc

    03/09/2017

    When Crystal Padilla started having mobility issues in her right arm, she decided to see her doctor. After having her arm x-rayed, Crystal was told she had an aggressive tumor wrapped around the bone in her upper arm.

  • Arika Hall

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    03/06/2017

    Two months before her due date, Arika Hall went into labor. Terrified of another premature birth, she knew the challenges she’d face if she gave birth too soon.

  • Tom Snyder

    Tom Snyder and his wife, Susan, were visiting Colorado on a ski vacation from Alabama when Tom’s leg suddenly went numb.

  • Dani Posner

    During the 2013 Christmas break, Dani Posner and her family decided to take a trip from their home in Chicago to Beaver Creek, Colo. Despite being new to snowboarding, Dani and her father Wally eagerly hit the slopes on the first morning of their visit.

  • Samantha Gagno

    Samantha Gagnon was your typical young adult making her way in the world. Following college, she was training for a half marathon for the fall and had just broken into the Denver stand-up scene. She began her student teaching semester in a high school when she began experiencing frequent dizzy spells and throbbing pain in her ears.

  • Adriana Hakes

    In 2002, Adriana Hakes was in a serious car accident when the car she was riding in slammed into a telephone pole. Adriana suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in right-sided paralysis, visual and cognitive deficits. After neurosurgery and stabilization at the acute hospital, Adriana was transferred to Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital for her recovery.

  • Gary King

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    02/16/2017

    When the pain in Gary King's left knee became an issue, he made an appointment to see Dr. Ron Hugate at Colorado Limb Consultants (CLC), who had performed a joint replacement on his right knee several years prior.

  • Colleen O'Hara

    After being successfully treated with radiation therapy for bone cancer in her cranium, one of the side-effects Colleen O'Hara suffered from was tooth loss. She met with her oral surgeon to begin the repair process and was surprised to find out that she needed 30+ hours of hyperbaric oxygen therapy prior to each procedure.

  • Evelyn Santilli

    psl , wound-care

    02/16/2017

    Evelyn Santilli had previously been a patient at the Denver Wound Healing Center, so when she needed treatment again for the wounds on her legs, she knew exactly where she wanted to receive her care.

  • Deana Petrova

    heart , ptrmhc

    02/15/2017

    We sat down with Deana Petrova, the mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect, to discussher family’s experience at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC).

  • Jose & Sarah Sala-Guth

    heart , ptrmhc

    02/11/2017

    Jose and Sarah Sala-Guth found out their son, Joseph, was born with a series of unexpected conditions that would require multiple surgeries, and he was transferred to the NICU immediately after birth. In recovery from his third surgery, doctors discovered an unknown heart condition and informed Jose and Sarah that Joseph would need to undergo open-heart surgery.

  • Anna Brawner

    psl , robotics

    02/02/2017

    Anna Brawner’s happy smile and apparent good health belie two years of suffering mysterious and excruciating pain. Recently recovered from surgery Brawner calls Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center surgeon, Anthony Canfield, M.D., her hero.

  • Mary S.

    psl , robotics

    02/02/2017

    A quick trip home and surgery is probably not the preferred way to end a foreign vacation, but on a Tuesday night last February, Mary S. found herself in intense pain with symptoms that pointed to a gallbladder problem.

  • Herbert Hallman

    psl , robotics

    02/02/2017

    Herbert Hallman is a vigorous 82-year-old former automobile dealer who had no experience with major surgery since a pre-teen tonsillectomy. Surgical procedures have changed quite a bit since then and Mr. Hallman wasn't quite sure what to expect when Dr. Tony Canfield performed robotic surgery in late May to repair one visible and two internal hernias.

  • Rachel Fuentes

    psl , robotics

    02/02/2017

    Fuentes says she had experienced severe pain around the time of her monthly menses since her fourth and last pregnancy in 2005. “They finally decided I had endometriosis and it made me decide that it was okay to have the hysterectomy.”

  • Victor Sebastian

    psl , robotics

    02/02/2017

    Always active in sports, Victor Sebastian found himself sidelined five years ago by his Crohn’s Disease when his bowels were blocked and his intestines completely closed. He immediately had surgery but that led to a series of incisional hernias that continued to grow to the point of discomfort and a reduced quality of life.

  • Eugene Potestio

    kidney , psl

    02/02/2017

    Eugene Potestio talks about the great care he received at the Kidney Transplant Center at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

  • Emily Mosman

    kidney , psl

    02/02/2017

    P/SL operating room nurse Emily Mosman, RN, BSN knew for a long time that she would need a kidney transplant. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when she was 12. In the last few years, as her kidney function continued to decline, she was placed on the transplant waiting list. About six months later she found herself with a living donor – her mom.

  • Alyson Mueller

    psl , wound-care

    01/31/2017

    Allyson Mueller was treated at the Wound Care Center at P/SL.

  • William Herron

    In 2001, after having chronic sinus infections, William Herron was diagnosed with skull-based osteomyelitis. One of the treatments he received was hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

  • Rose Taylor

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/31/2017

    Rose’s quality of life has significantly improved from her Neuroendocrine Cancer thanks to expert care received by Dr. Eric Liu at the Neuroendocrine Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.

  • Curtis Culver

    ent , psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    After years of suffering from snoring, chronic throat infections, and sleep apnea, Curtis Culver decided to make a change so he scheduled an appointment with Dr. David Opperman.

  • Barbara Sandoval

    psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    When Barbara Sandoval went to her local ER with severe pain from gallstones, she was sent home with no explanation for her condition. That's when she did her research and found Dr. Anthony Canfield at the Center for Robotic Surgery.

  • Melanie Kurtz

    psl , wound-care

    01/31/2017

    Melanie Kurtz was treated at the would center at P/SL. Thanks to the experts at the Wound Care Center she's doing great!

  • Matt Edwards

    ent , psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    After suffering from back-to-back strep throat infections, chronic throat issues, and sleep apnea, Matt Edwards decided something needed to be done.

  • Erynee Washington

    psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    When Erynne Washington found out she needed to have a hysterectomy, she was referred to Dr. Victor Dabelea in Denver, Colorado. He suggested she have her surgery done robotically (with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System) which reduces scarring and typically provides a faster recovery time.

  • Nancy Moeglein

    psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    In November 2015, Nancy Moeglein was experiencing bowel issues which led to a diagnosis of diverticulosis and later, an attack of diverticulitis. During the summer, her condition progressed to a more severe, painful infection prompting her to set a meeting with a gastroenterologist who recommended a colonoscopy.

  • Dana Waldbaum

    psl , robotics

    01/31/2017

    When Dana Waldbaum went to her surgical consult appointment with Dr. Anthony Canfield, she did not expect to end up in surgery two hours later.

  • Steve Wapner

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    When Steve's liver disease symptoms worsened, he was referred to Dr. Eric Liu, an expert in the diagnosis of Neuroendocrine Tumers (NET).

  • Bill Weston

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    After bouncing in and out of local ER’s for a number of years and receiving a variety of diagnoses, Bill was eventually diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumor.

  • Alix's Story

    cancer , neuroendocrine , psl

    01/27/2017

    Alix is an 18 year survivor of Nueroendocrine Cancer and has taken control of her care.

  • Joyce Hanson

    psl , spine

    01/27/2017

    Joyce Hanson was a healthy, active, outdoor enthusiast that enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing and everything Colorado has to offer. Three years ago, Joyce woke up with horrific back pain that crippled her to the point where she was unable to walk.

  • Ronna Sanchez

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Ronna Sanchez was treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for AML Leukemia in 2004.

  • Don McCarthy

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Don McCarthy was a treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for Mantel Cell Lymphoma.

  • Check Hood

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In April of 2014, Chuck Hood was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a fast-growing type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

  • Kelli Laird-Ore

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In July 2014, Kelly Laird-Ore developed an arterial blood clot, causing her to seek medical care. It was during that visit that she discovered that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia and would require more complex care and equipment than the facility she arrived at could handle.

  • Sandra Beiriger

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    In 2011, Sandra Beiriger went to the ER with what she thought was appendicitis and was told that she had B Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

  • Ricky Santo

    cancer , psl

    01/27/2017

    Known for his high energy and passion towards life, CSU football coach, Ricky Santo, was recently sidelined when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Vernon Sanchez

    liver , psl

    01/26/2017

    Conrad “Vernon” Sanchez traveled from his rural neighborhood to the “big city” where he was diagnosed with cancer and learned that a liver transplant was required.

  • Jody Balaun

    liver , psl

    01/26/2017

    When Jody Balaun was 32 years old and pregnant with her daughter, she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disease she inherited from her father's side of the family.

  • Peggy & Ryan Heath

    kidney , psl

    01/26/2017

    When Ryan Heath found out he needed a kidney transplant, his wife Peggy gave him the gift of life by giving him one of her kidneys.

  • Jaci Miller

    kidney , psl

    01/26/2017

    Jaci Miller talks about her decision to become a living kidney donor to her husband.

  • David Lavinder

    kidney , psl

    01/26/2017

    While being treated for congestive heart failure, David Lavinder began to suffer acute fatigue and was told he needed a kidney transplant.

  • Nico Gallegos

    kidney , psl

    01/26/2017

    At 3 years old, Nico Gallegos was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a disease which slowly damaged his kidneys over time. By the age of 20, he had started dialysis and was told he needed a kidney transplant.

  • Marcus Bullock

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/05/2017

    After a traumatic motorcycle accident in March 2015 that left him with a crushed and degloved right leg and a crush right foot, Marcus Bullock was told he may lose his leg.

  • Chris Zanoni

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/05/2017

    Military veteran Chris Zanoni had been experiencing persistent pain near his lower back for two years. For him, it was easy to write the problem off as just typical wear and tear. However, after receiving a CT scan for a separate issue, doctors found a tumor in the sacrum and iliac wing. Chris was immediately referred to Dr. Ronald Hugate of The Denver Clinic.

  • Chris Cotton

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/05/2017

    What was originally thought to be a common, benign tumor turned out to be something that is diagnosed in only 1% of all cancer patients. Chris Cotton, a social worker in Weld County, was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on June 3rd after having his fatty tumor on his thigh biopsied

  • Boyd Adams

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/05/2017

    In 2003, Vietnam veteran Boyd Adams noticed that his right thigh was larger than his left and consulted a physician. It was discovered that he had liposarcoma, a type of cancerous tumor which the Veterans Administration has linked to exposure to Agent Orange.

  • Janet Braccio

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/05/2017

    Avid runner and health enthusiast, Janet Braccio, found herself sidelined when her hip pain became simply unbearable. Initially seeking treatment in Boulder, doctors there were surprised to discover a large pelvic bone tumor.

  • Ethan Schlemer

    institute-limb-pres , psl

    01/02/2017

    In 2012, Ethan Schlemer received the surprise diagnosis of sarcoma in his leg and was immediately referred to Dr. Cindy Kelly of The Denver Clinic.

  • Phil Lawson

    cardiac , psl

    12/13/2016

    The morning of September 30, 2014, was a typical day for Pam Lawson and her husband Phil. The couple set out on their daily walk around Cheesman Park. They always started together, but once Pam hit her stride she usually walked a little ahead of Phil. However, after glancing behind her, she noticed Phil was nowhere to be seen.

  • Phyllis Beattie

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    Phyllis was born an artist. One of her proudest pieces is the bronze monument in front of the main Presbyterian/St. Luke’s entrance. In doing what she loves, Phyllis started getting stiffness in her neck from arthritis and was diagnosed with stenosis.

  • Josh Leong

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    The Leong family thought they were complete until they received an email regarding Josh, a 9 year-old-boy born with severe congenital scoliosis that was resulting in his right lung being crushed by his spine. Thanks to Dr. Shay Bess, Josh is now an active 13-year-old breathing with ease, running track and playing soccer.

  • Mary Catherine Nederostek

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    When Mary Catherine Nederostek began having pain in her upper spine, she went to see her primary care physician and was diagnosed with osteoporosis. After several years, her spine had degenerated to the point that her chin was touching her chest and she was in constant pain.

  • Annie Adkisson

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    Annie Adkisson dealt with the pain of scoliosis for years. Constantly pitched forward and leaning to the right, her condition and the pain associated with it, progressed to the point of being unbearable which prompted her to take action.

  • John Mauss

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    When John Mauss took a fall on ice, it aggravated a condition he didn't even know he had – spinal stenosis. Because of the swelling and trauma in his back, the pain he experienced was so severe that he couldn't walk more than 100 feet without having to sit down.

  • Paul Murphy

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    In July 2000, First Sergeant-1SG (Ret) Paul Murphy was evacuated out of Bosnia and taken to the Walter Reed Medical Center to be treated for a spinal injury. Fellow Army comrade, COL (Ret) Timothy R. Kuklo, MD performed the surgery. When First Sergeant-1SG (Ret) Murphy needed surgery again, he sought out COL (Ret) Kuklo, MD

  • Anna Sniezek

    psl , spine

    10/07/2016

    At just 12 years of age, Anna Sniezek was constantly being told to stop slouching and to stand up straight. She had no idea she was slouching and realized she was unable to stand up straight.

  • The Santala Family's Story: A High Risk Twin Pregnancy

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/23/2016

    Paula's eighth pregnancy was her second twin pregnancy, but came with a host of complications: twin to twin transfusion syndrome, HELLP/ Mirror Syndrome and, later, PDA ligation heart surgery.

  • Monica & Brooklynn's Story: Gastroschisis

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/23/2016

    At 20 weeks, we knew she had a serious problem. It was a word we had never heard before: gastroschisis. And it was word that stopped our hearts.

  • Casey & Amelia's Story: Cardiac Anomaly

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/23/2016

    Casey’s daughter, Amelia, was prenatally diagnosed with a cardiac anomaly requiring heart surgery in the first week of life. After almost six weeks in intensive care, she now is doing well.

  • Jessie & Scott: Expecting Twins

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/23/2016

    Learning that we were having twins was a big surprise. Learning that they would be challenged with health issues was an even bigger one.

  • Madelyn's Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Story

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/22/2016

    "We first discovered that Madelyn had Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) when I was 30 weeks pregnant. Waiting for her arrival was challenging, knowing that she may not survive. But during that time and upon the birth of our beautiful baby, we experienced the skill and dedication of both the NICU and labor and delivery teams..."

  • The Eads Family: Jackson's Story

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/08/2016

    Andrew and Melissa Eads found out their son, Jackson, had congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM), also known as congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM), during Melissa’s 20-week ultrasound.

  • The Hively Family: Nathan & Alex's Story

    cmfh , ptrmhc

    08/08/2016

    When Tori Hively found out she was pregnant with twins, she knew her pregnancy wouldn’t quite be an ordinary one. After discovering both babies had complex congenital heart defects that would require surgery after they were born, the family’s excitement for adding two new family members suddenly came with a little extra worry.

  • Bob Moore

    annualreport , burn , swedish

    06/06/2016

    Last fall, when 3-year-old Preston Moore, an energetic little “Daddy’s boy,” picked up the bottle of lighter fluid that would change his life, his father saw him do it. But as little Preston bolted toward the recently-lit barbecue, all Bob Moore could do was watch in helpless horror as his son squirted the liquid on the grill, his body erupting in flames.

  • Stevie Vigil

    annualreport , rehab , spalding

    06/06/2016

    The night he ended up in a medically-induced coma, Nash (Stevie) Vigil had been helping a friend fix his car. The two had finished and were driving to a restaurant when another vehicle T-boned their car, crashing into Stevie’s passenger side. The impact propelled the 24-year-old’s head sideways, slamming it into his buddy’s head.

  • Lynda Joy Offutt

    Generally, when doctors tell patients they have a tumor growing on their spine, it’s not welcome news. But when Sky Ridge Medical Center doctors told Lynda Joy Offutt and family that a tumor was crushing the Lone Tree mother’s spinal cord, the Offutts were nearly ecstatic. “My husband was thrilled. My kids were thrilled. I was bawling hysterically, mostly out of relief,” she says.

  • Stan Janiec

    annualreport , cardiac , heart , rose

    06/06/2016

    For nearly a decade, Stan Janiec endured more drugs and electrical shocks to his chest than he cares to remember. As his doctors worked to control his atrial fibrillation, a misfiring of the heart’s electrical signals causing an uneven heartbeat, it became increasingly persistent and less responsive to treatment. Eventually, it began robbing the 71-year-old of the life he had envisioned for his golden years.

  • Janet Braccio

    annualreport , psl

    06/06/2016

    For nearly two years, Janet Braccio ran and hiked on a painful hip, reluctant to admit her always-fit body needed medical attention. But after turning 55, Janet finally listened to her friends and physical therapist, who said she shouldn’t suffer anymore. She went to the doctor and received the shock of her life.

  • Mary Bostic

    When Mary Bostic was given a tour of the treatment center where she would undergo six rounds of chemotherapy in the coming weeks, the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient had an unexpected reaction. Seeing mostly women patients chatting, reading, napping and being attended to in their line of lounge-chair-like recliners, Mary quipped: “This looks like the spa!”

  • Bill Foreman

    annualreport , aurora , rehab

    06/06/2016

    Every workday for 33 years, Deputy Bill Foreman would get up, look in the mirror, and remind himself that his bullet hadn’t been made yet. It was a motto he and his fellow officers held on to for mental focus in their dangerous law-enforcement jobs. But on Feb. 10, Bill’s “bullet” came in the form of a large pickup truck.

  • Lindsey Wilson

    annualreport , cmfh , rmhc

    06/06/2016

    As soon as the picture of their twin boys appeared on the ultrasound monitor, Lindsey and Mark Wilson knew something was drastically wrong. One twin appeared stuck, as if shrink-wrapped, to the side of the uterus, while the other fetus was floating around in a sea of fluid. If nothing were done soon, both of their unborn babies would probably die.

  • Katrina Journey

    airlife , annualreport

    06/06/2016

    She and her father had just crossed the Kansas border, when Katrina Journey punched her obstetrician’s number into her cellphone. Although her due date was six weeks away, what she thought were harmless Braxton-Hicks contractions had intensified, alarming the soon-to-be, first-time mom. Her doctor’s instructions: Find the nearest hospital.

  • Melanie Stachelsk

    cancer , psl

    06/06/2016

    Melanie Stachelski suffered from a rare form of arthritis for nearly 10 years, which led to countless visits to the doctor to monitor her condition. During one of her regular appointments, her blood work indicated that her blood cell count was dramatically low. After growing frustration with her doctors, Melanie consulted a friend who worked at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI).

  • Martin Smith

    In August 2012, Martin was on his way home from work in Colorado Springs. This was a commute he often traveled on his motorcycle. "There was a lot of construction that day," said Martin. "I wasn’t aware that the road was down to one lane and as I braked, I slid downhill, swerved and hit the car in front of me." Martin severely broke his left leg in multiple places.

  • Marc Defur

    Marc was starting to experience severe ankle arthritis, a condition seen with age or prior trauma such as an ankle fracture or sprain. His arthritis was so severe, there was hardly any cartilage left in his ankle. "I was in extreme pain and my entire quality of life went down," he explains.

  • Mandy Banks

    airlife , annualreport , stroke , swedish

    03/03/2016

    Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. Thanks to the rapid thinking by the Rose Medical Center treatment team during an MRI, the team recognized the American Stroke Association’s and sprung into action.