Woman who crochets scarves for the needy receives heart transplant

[KMSP Fox 9 News, June 30, 2015] After a very short wait, Elizabeth Sammons, who spends her time crocheting scarves for the needy, got her heart transplant just two weeks ago and is now ready to go home.

Sammons was able to manage making four scarves for the needy while waiting for her transplant at Abbott Northwestern Hospital‘s Minneapolis Heart Institute, but her old heart was getting weak.

“I would fall asleep while crocheting,” Sammons said. “That would be an issue.”

But now, with a steady heartbeat and better energy, she’s back at it.


The wig guy

[KMSP-TV, July 5, 2015] Imagine if you were suddenly unable to do the things you were most passionate about. Sadly, for too many people, a cancer diagnosis robs them of those things. But a local cancer survivor has found a way to make peace with the past, and he’s now inspiring others to move forward with their heads held high.

Schulze Foundation gives $2 million for Abbott Northwestern ICU

Abbott Northwestern Hospital_exterior[Pioneer Press, June 29, 2015] A $2 million donation from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will help Abbott Northwestern Hospital expand its neurological intensive care unit and treat more patients with injuries and disorders to the brain and spinal cord.

Schulze, who founded Best Buy, noted in a hospital news release that neurological disorders are “an area of care that has special significance for my family.”

Read more at twincities.com.

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Minnesota man recounts lengthy journey to recovery from cerebral hemorrhage

Duluth News Tribune photo

Duluth News Tribune photo

[Duluth News Tribune, June 30, 2015] On a November morning in 2011, Kraig Lee was hit with the worst headache of his life. The 58-year-old Wannaksa farmer took several over-the-counter pain pills. They didn’t help.

He called his wife, Bonnie, who was at work at the family’s hardware store in Wannaska.

By the time she got home, he was lying on the floor. He needed to go to the emergency room, he told her. He thought he might have had a stroke.

Kraig was rushed by ambulance to LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, Minn., 18 miles north, where a brain scan revealed there was bleeding in the brain. The scan was sent to hospitals in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., but neither could handle his case, Bonnie said.

By mid-afternoon, Kraig was on a medical helicopter headed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where extensive surgery and his long journey to recovery would begin. Read the entire story at duluthnewstribune.com.

Inside Your Health Special: Stroke – When Seconds Count

[KSTP-TV, June 29, 2015] Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Someone will die of a stroke every four minutes, making it one of the top five leading causes of death in the country.

In this special edition of “Inside Your Health,” Dr. Archelle Georgiou takes a closer look at the growing effort in Minnesota to get stroke patients the treatment they need as quickly as possible. Abbott Northwestern Hospital physicians Mark Young, MD, neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic, and Josser Delgado, MD, neuro-interventionalist with Consulting Radiologists, Ltd., were interviewed.

Courage Kenny Northland offers adaptive cycling

[KQDS-TV, June 22, 2015] The feel of the wind through your hair and the helpful hand of a volunteer are just some things you may experience at Courage Kenny Northland – all the while being surrounded by people who believe in your abilities.

Bicycling on the Lakewalk is just one of Courage Kenny Northland’s summer programs.

“We have a variety of different cycles for different abilities,” said Courage Kenny Northland’s Program Director Mark Hanna.

See the story at fox21online.com.

Test driving pacemakers

[KARE-TV, June 22, 2015] A medical conference in Italy is sparking conversation about pacemakers.

Researchers at the University of Iowa looked at six patients who spent two to three weeks with a temporary pacemaker. At the end of the trial period, all six went with the permanent one.

“There is some low-risk of infection to do that sort of testing,” said Dr. Charles Gornick, director of electrophysicology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Yoga therapy helps man with traumatic brain injury

[KARE-TV, June 16, 2015] A lot of people use yoga to stay in shape, but there is another use for it many people may not know much about.

It’s helping 60-year-old Steve Stoner of Hugo. Two years ago, he had a bad fall down a flight of stairs at home.

Steve was in the hospital for five months because of a traumatic brain injury. A yoga pose was the last thing he could do.

Since then, as part of his recovery, he and Yvonne have been doing yoga at home and at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Stillwater.

Paralympic contender Nitz still pushing

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, June 18, 2015] It’s rare for Paul Nitz to do anything slowly. During a track career that has spanned five Paralympics, the Edina native has earned a reputation as one of the world’s speediest men on wheels, winning multiple gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meters.

Nitz’s spinal cord was severed during his birth, leaving him without the use of his legs. As a kid, he participated in several of the sports programs offered at Courage Center — now Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute — and excelled at basketball, earning a place on the wheelchair team at Southwest Minnesota State.

Read his story at startribune.com.

Teen dies after ‘simple, common wisdom teeth extraction’ KARE

[KARE-TV, June 16, 2015] A family is mourning the death of their teenage daughter who died after complications during a wisdom teeth extraction.

The family of Sydney Galleger announced on her CaringBridge page that she died on Monday, roughly a week after she went in for a “simple, common” procedure to get her wisdom teeth removed. In a June 9 journal, her mother wrote that everything had been going well until the very end, when Sydney’s blood pressure shot up, her pulse dropped and she went into cardiac arrest.

Jay Sengupta, MD, a heart rhythm specialist with Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital talked with KARE-TV about how anesthesia affects the heart.