- Dawnmarie didn’t expect to live, let alone run a 5K race. A leaky aortic valve left her so sick that doctors at BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital didn’t think she could survive open-heart surgery. But they had the vision to see a not-so-obvious solution: a transcatheter aortic valve replacement. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that allowed our doctors to place a new valve inside her old one. Within two weeks, Dawnmarie was already walking to improve better heart fitness. Now she participates in 5K races, and her life, which could have been a sprint, is still very much a marathon. Learn more about BayCare’s advanced cardiovascular centers at BayCareHeart.org.
- Bodybuilder Theron Moodie and his wife were expecting the birth of their first child. What they didn’t expect was Theron being rushed to BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital-South with a septic infection. Caused by an abscess in his intestines, the infection was life-threatening. In fact, when he went into complete organ failure, he had only a 15% chance of survival. Treated while in a medically induced coma, Theron’s Rotoprone® bed was flipped every few hours to relieve pressure on his struggling lungs, heart, and kidneys. Thirteen days later, 7 pound 1 ounce Giovanni Scott Moodie made his world debut at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. And against all odds, both his parents were there to see it.
- Allan HoChan was on the brink of death following a heart attack. Working together to keep him alive, emergency responders shocked his heart five times and doctors brought his body temperature down to a hypothermic state. Now with a cardiac defibrillator, Allan, against all odds, is very much alive. But then, considering that he was treated at BayCare's Winter Haven Hospital, perhaps that doesn't come as a shock after all. Learn more about BayCare's advanced cardiovascular centers at BayCareHeart.org.
- In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a local church went to Haiti on a mission. Not to nourish souls, but to treat malnutrition. A member of that mission was Dr. Michaela Mallon of BayCare Medical Group. And in three days, she and 15 other providers treated 1,000 patients, most of them children. Dr. Mallon, you see, believes in going the extra mile. Even if it means going 840 miles. Learn more about Tampa Bay’s leading multi-specialty group at BayCare.org/BMG.
- As soon as Sean Patrick was born, he needed a stent in his heart’s atrial septum. In fact, the lifesaving procedure had to be completed within just one minute of his birth. But despite the enormous pressure, it was completed successfully by doctors at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. And mom never would have dreamed, that waiting sixty seconds could be harder than waiting nine months. Learn more about BayCare’s dedicated pediatric centers at BayCareKids.org.
- At the annual prom at BayCare's St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Cianna doesn’t feel like a patient. She feels like a normal 17-year-old girl.
- Chef Doug Bebell, owner and head chef of the Mystic Fish restaurant in Palm Harbor, can taste any dish and know the exact ingredients. So, when he was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer and lost his sense of taste, the irony wasn’t lost on him.
- A week after coming down with a bad cold, Zia collapsed. She was rushed to BayCare's St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, where doctors determined her sinus infection had progressed into a brain infection.
- Butch Azure hadn’t expected to spend his retirement gasping for breath and suffering from fatigue. But after being misdiagnosed by several doctors, and on the verge of giving up, he was correctly diagnosed with persistent arrhythmia. A cardiac catheter ablation was performed at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, and his heart began working the way it should. Now Butch puts his heart and soul into not working at all.
- It’s been said that children should be seen and not heard. But Michael Fuino would strongly disagree. Having suffered profound hearing loss since he was a child, the 34-year-old attorney (who is able to practice law by reading lips) had never heard the voices of his two boys. But on December 21, 2017, his cochlear implant was activated at BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital: a tiny, complex medical device that provides the sense of sound by bypassing the damaged inner ear and stimulating the auditory nerve directly. And when he heard the word “Daddy” for the very first time, Michael felt more like a daddy than ever before.
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