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Tag: Patient Stories

March 20, 2017

Adventure in the Face of Cancer

At 28 years old, Dave Carbonell was months away from completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at UNC. Then cancer struck—acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, after years of intense treatment, he’s cancer free, working as an Emergency Department physician in California and helping other young

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Robert Hill. Photo by Lane Deacon

December 1, 2016

The purist: Chapel Hill man shares journey of HIV clinical trials a...

Robert Hill has been living with HIV for 22 years. Five years ago, he enrolled in a study at the UNC School of Medicine, which was part of Dr. David Margolis’ ‘kick and kill’ strategy for eradicating HIV by flushing it out of hiding with a drug called Vorinostat and killing it with either a vaccine

Clinical Trials, HIV/AIDS, UNC Stories

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November 21, 2016

A miracle for the Millers

As survivability of many cancers increases, so does the opportunity to help survivors live the lives they’d imagined. Manda Miller thought bouts of Hodgkins Lymphoma at 19 and 27 had taken her chance to have children, but Jennifer Mersereau, MD, at UNC Fertility offered an innovative option for the

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Photo of Cate Goodman.

August 17, 2016

Succeeding with Turner Syndrome

Jennifer Law, MD, director of UNC Children’s Turner Syndrome Program, is working to build awareness of Turner syndrome and show patients and their families that they can overcome their diagnosis.

Genetics, Research, Treatment

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December 3, 2015

From Liberia to Chapel Hill: Compassionate Care and a Taste of Home

When David Wohl, MD, met Patience Wesseh in Liberia, her face was badly scarred by a burn injury, and he knew he could help. Since April when she arrived in Chapel Hill to begin her treatment at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, Patience has brought her own unique flavor to Wohl’s home.

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UNC's TAVR Team (L to R): John Vavalle

October 1, 2015

New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

UNC’s Center for Heart & Vascular Care has been offering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for less than a year. In that time, the team has built a national reputation for excellence, allowing UNC to be among the first phase of the rollout of a next generation TAVR device, Evolut-R, developed by Medtronic. This valve is the first repositionable transcatheter valve ever available.

Cardiology, Technology, Vascular Health

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Colin Thompson was the 2014 Greater Houston Scholar Athlete of the Year in Track and Field.

August 11, 2015

Your Excuse or Your Story

Thirteen months ago, incoming Carolina freshman Colin Thompson was on his way home to Houston from summer camp when he was involved in a life-threatening accident and air-lifted to an Austin hospital. Today, he's an outpatient at the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, and he's preparing to begin...

Physical Therapy, UNC Stories

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Ellie and her mom, Terri, at the Taylor Swift concert.

July 15, 2015

Paying it Forward

Ten-year-old Ellie Stewart was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma in February. Her only plans for the summer were to finish her chemotherapy treatment at N.C. Children’s Hospital. Then she received a surprise gift: tickets to attend Taylor Swift’s June 9 concert in Raleigh. Now Ellie has some...

Cancer, UNC Stories

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The Murphys supporting Clara while she's fighting in the NCCC.

May 7, 2015

Clara’s Journey

When Clara Murphy was born nearly 100 days prematurely in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Children’s, her parents, Courtney and Jason, quickly learned that their journey as a family would be filled with highs and lows. Today, they’re a happy family of four, and not only have they gained...

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Sylvia and Patrick Pope

April 22, 2015

Quick thinking, communication and intervention lead to improved out...

On a late January morning this year, Patrick Pope was in his Clinton home, juggling a grandchild on each knee. His wife, Sylvia, was in the kitchen keeping an eye on the chicken she’d just placed in the oven. She heard a loud sound from the living room and rushed in to find her husband had...

Stroke, UNC Stories

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Ralph and Nancy Raasch in the front yard of their home in Carrboro.

April 17, 2015

With Grace and Good Humor

Fifteen years ago, Nancy Raasch was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Then, in 2009, came multiple myeloma. Despite these malignancies, she refuses to let cancer define her.

Breast Cancer, UNC Stories

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The surgery was performed by Dr. Harold Pillsbury

March 25, 2015

Patient at UNC Hospitals is first in U.S. to receive newly approved...

Dr. Harold Pillsbury performed the surgery to implant a newly FDA-approved device that enables wearers to have MRI scans when needed. This was not possible with earlier cochlear implant models.

Hearing, Innovation, Technology

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