By Vitals editorial staff
Evan Hines is a piano prodigy who can play a song after just hearing it just once. But one morning, he woke up and couldn’t play at all. He was taken to the Sutter Children’s Center, where a physician specialist diagnosed him with a rare virus. After eight days of treatment, Evan was back playing the piano.
For healthcare providers, that is music to their ears. Doctors and nurses often cite the reason they got into the healthcare field was to help others and even save lives.
Here are 15 of Northern California “medical miracles” from 2023 that will send goosebumps down the spine. Click on the headings to read the stories and view photos and videos. And return often to Vitals in 2024 for more inspiring patient stories.
Gabby Rojas smiles post kidney transplant at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center.
Graison Corbell sits in a hospital bed at inside the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Children’s Center playing with Play-Doh.
Shaniya Peterson was just 30 years old when she had a heart attack.
Dr. Mahazarin Ginwalla with Leticia Boykin-Owens.
Mick Doughty is flanked by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Rachael McKinney and Dr. David Roberts, medical director of the Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute.
Shawna Majerus and son Elec on their separate cancer battles.
Shelly Andersen, right, celebrates the new Infusion Center at an after-hours reception with the Whitecottons, from left, Tom, Scotty and Kim.
The bullet that was removed from Vic Patkowski pierced his heart and lungs. He was miraculously brought back to life by a military doctor.
Dr. Ranjan Ray, left, Leslie Barratt, heart transplant patient Ted Jung, Nancy Jung and Dr. Brett Sheridan at Sutter’s CPMC.
Ed and Lucy Dugan were married in Sutter Eden Medical Center’s ICU.
Loriellen and Jilyn were both born just over 1 pound. They celebrated their 40th birthdays at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
Patient Pamela Swint spoke at the 2023 Sutter Research Symposium.
Malaka Thompson, right, with her family. A persistent scheduler got Malaka the mammogram that caught her breast cancer.
Stefan Walczak got a chest CT after surviving throat cancer, and it revealed a cancerous spot on his lung, which was caught early.
Piano prodigy Evan Hines, 15, was taken to the Sutter Children’s Center in Sacramento after entirely forgetting how to play the piano. His diagnosis was rare and life-threatening. After eight days in a pediatric ICU room, he was well enough to play for his care team.