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Weight Management program helps firefighter slim down

Weight management patient Mike Burke

Mike Burke always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. 

As a young boy in Ellinwood, Kan., whenever he heard the town’s fire whistle, he stopped what he was doing and followed the fire trucks on his bike to see where they were going. 

“I loved the sirens and watching the trucks and the firemen,” Burke says.

Having realized his boyhood dream, Burke is a firefighter and paramedic in Halstead, Kan., where he lives with his wife, Paula, and seven children. 

West Wichita ER returns woman to the life she enjoys

ER patient Amanda Guthrie

Among the many blessings and interests in her life, Amanda Guthrie counts a connection with horses as particularly rewarding.

“I started riding when I was 8 and bought my first horse, Shiley, when I was 11,” she says. “When I was a teenager and would get hurt, I rarely cried from the physical pain.
But when the doctor would tell me I couldn’t ride my horses while I healed, that's when the tears started trickling down my face.”

COPD patient relies on Via Christi Home Medical

COPD patient Tom Glendenning

Tom Glendenning started his first job as a railroad worker at the age of 16. His work required him to have direct contact with asbestos, then commonly used as a flame retardant, that protected train cars from sparks flying off the wheels. He eventually took up smoking, and later worked on dusty construction projects and at a chemical plant for 18 years.

He finally retired 16 years ago from his job as a maintenance coordinator for the juvenile detention department in Sedgwick County.

Patients find hope in Mercy's aquatic therapy program

A mom battling osteoarthritis. A former K-State football coach ready to enjoy retirement. A nurse who just wanted to garden again.

Manhattanites Linda Clement, Jim Davie, and Sally Shields don’t know one another. But in a way, they’ve been down a similar road — each facing health struggles that were tough to treat with traditional physical therapy. And they’ve all found healing and hope in the very same place: the water.

Neuro-interventional surgery procedures save patient’s life

Karen Fifer aneurysm patient

It was Easter weekend — Good Friday, 2011— and “a storm was brewing” inside Karen Fifer’s head.

“It hit with lightening speed,” she says. “In a matter of minutes our lives were changed in the blink of an eye.”

Karen, 58, of Haysville, was surrounded by family at her daughter Cindi’s home in Wichita, about to enjoy an outdoor meal of homemade tacos.

“Suddenly it felt like I had been hit in the head with a hammer,” she says. 

Burn survivor helps others on their journey to recovery

Burn survivor Laura Thomas

To look at Laura Thomas today, you would never know that she quietly suffers from life-altering burn injuries that have left her scarred and in constant pain.
The wife and mother of three was a patient at Ascension Via Christi Regional Burn Center for six weeks after being burned in a flash fire at her workplace. 

That was nearly eight year ago. Now she is a frequent visitor to the center as a volunteer for SOAR — Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery — to give hope to others. 

Family’s faith and hope exceeds medical bills, burdens

CMN Hospitals at Via Christi Health helped Atkeson family

A decorative cross by their front doors says “Faith.” A sign hanging over their kitchen stove says “Blessed.”
Neither offers any hint of the daily hurdles Dan and Wendy Atkeson face in raising their six children, two of whom have special needs.
Fifteen-year-old Elijah, who is autistic and suffers from obsessive control disorder, began having seizures at age 2. At age 6, he was diagnosed with Lennox-Gestaut syndrome, a  rare genetic sub-type of Doose syndrome that can cause death at any time.

Your newborn baby’s appearance

Congratulations on your new arrival! The following information is designed to answer many of the questions you may have about your newborns appearance.

Breast swelling

Your baby may have some breast swelling or may leak a small amount of fluid from the breasts. This is caused by hormones passed from the mother to the infant and will disappear in two to three weeks.

Newborn rash

May appear as small blisters on any part of the body for up to three weeks. It does not need any treatment.


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