Because she has radioactive ‘seeds’ implanted in her brain, she doesn’t need ongoing radiation therapy.
They were two of California’s first COVID patients and lived to tell the tale.
His young grandson’s quick response saved him of any noticeable brain loss from a stroke.
He was attacked by a shark, but a nurse was right there to help save his life.
He was shot and bludgeoned in the head, but placed his wager on life … and won.
These are just a relative few of the stories that gave Vitals staff members and their readers goosebumps, made them smile, and even had them shed a tear or two. They’re stories about Northern California patients who faced incredible odds but survived. They all have some things in common: They are grateful for the care they received, and they are now living life to the fullest after what they describe as their “medical miracles.”
Here’s a dazzling dozen of these patient stories — one a month from 2022. You’ll want to have that tissue ready, just in case.
New Year, New Liver, New Lease on Life
Forget the Rose Bowl. The most exciting gamechanger for a college student on New Year’s Day was when 29-year-old Bradley Ganoe received a liver transplant, becoming the 10,000th organ transplant patient at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center.
‘Seeds’ Planted in Her Brain Ward Off Radiation Treatments
Jane Finch Hall of Santa Rosa has penny-sized radioactive “seeds” implanted where a brain tumor used to reside. Now she can focus on healing.
From a COVID Cruise to Happy Sailings Ahead
It didn’t turn out to be a pleasure cruise, but rather the beginning of a road toward an amazing recovery for the Cannarozzos.
Gift Shop Dynamo Gives Back for Her Four Gifts of Life
Alyce Glazer is as tough as her painted nails as she volunteers at the hospital where she’s had two surgeries and cancer treatments.
No Signs of Stroke Thanks to ‘Hero,’ His Grandson
12-year-old Jakub Quinn was in the zone after baseball practice, immediately getting his grandfather help when he zoned out with a stroke.
Electrician Won’t Let Bypass Zap His Energy
Leonard Mercer, 65, is energized after cardiac surgery to continue working and living life to the fullest.
Shark Attack! Brave Nurse Helps Save Swimmer’s Life
It was her 12th wedding anniversary, but Aimee Johns dived into nursing action when she heard cries from a man being attacked by a shark.
After Alleged Hate Attack, He Bet on Life … and Won
The first thing Travis Barber did after being discharged from acute rehab was play poker at a casino. He won. Just like he did after being shot multiple times and bludgeoned.
Clinicians Inspire Her Uphill Climb After Yosemite Fall
A dream trip to explore Yosemite turned into a tragic fall for New Zealand resident Anna Parsons.
20 Years Later, Paralyzed Man Walks in His Patients’ Shoes
On the anniversary of his “rebirth,” Steve Lau explains how his paralysis helps him connect with the patients he serves.
Sassy Little Cancer Patient Has a Big Goal
Jazlyn is just 5 years old, but she wants to become a pediatrician. But first she needed to beat cancer.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses for ‘Miracle’ Transplant Patient
We come full circle, as a liver transplant patient opened the new year, and another will be in the New Year’s Rose Parade as an ambassador for organ donations.
It’s been a year that saw many “medical marvels” in the lives of numerous Northern Californians. The Vitals staff looks forward to 2023, when many more success stories are waiting to be told. Let’s just hope there’s not a run on tissue at the supermarket.