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Knee replacement surgery gives woman new lease on life

Knee replacement patient Wanda Groves

In her 60s and 70s, Wanda Groves set statewide running records for her age group, 11 of which still stand.

When she turned 80, she and her friends rode 80 miles on their bikes to mark the occasion.

At 89, the retired physical education and music teacher continued to be active, riding 18-plus miles every other week with a local cycling group.

“But it got to where my knees were hurting all the time,” says Groves, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. “I couldn’t even mow my own lawn.”

Close-to-home ER ‘truly saved my life’

Via Christi ER patient Paul Morris

Last fall, Paul Morris had just gotten home from a Shrine event in Kingman when he became severely ill. When the abdominal pain and vomiting stopped four days later, he thought whatever it was had passed.
A month later, he was in the basement of his west Wichita home when suddenly, he says, “I felt my stomach explode.”
His wife, Marsha, rushed him to the nearby Ascension Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa, hoping he would be seen quickly.

Baby Willa returns to her family after three months in the NICU

Baby Willa spent three months in the NICU at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph

Living in Anthony, Kan. — a small town whose hospital doesn’t offer maternity services — Tavish and Mitchell “Mitch” Hall knew they would need to come to Wichita for their prenatal and hospital care.

After reviewing their options, they told obstetrician Janey Maki, MD, that they wanted to deliver the twins they were expecting in January at Ascension Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa.

“The west location was so convenient for us,” says Mitch, who grew up in Anthony, about 60 miles southwest of Wichita.

Young father gets ‘second chance’ after stroke

Jesse Howard young stroke patient

Jesse Moore’s daughter loves Disney Princesses, and the Wichita stay-at-home dad knows all of their names.

“There’s Tiana, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora …” he says, pointing to the figurines Rachel has lined up on the living room coffee table. “…Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan. I can sing all of their songs if you want me to.”

While typical for many parents, this knowledge and recitation is remarkable for Jesse, who suffered a life-threatening stroke five months ago at age 34.

Mercy's volunteers make the hospital a better place to be

Erma McManis is a familiar face around Mercy Regional Health Center. That’s where you’ll find her, six to eight hours a day, a whopping six days a week. She does just about anything the hospital needs: delivering mail and newspapers, ushering people in to see new parents and babies in the Birth and Women’s Center, lending a hand in the class for joint replacement patients.

Rehab helps young stroke survivor regain her independence

Cristine Howard stroke patient

Gripping a fork in her left hand and table knife in her right, Cristine Howard concentrates on the bright orange blob in front of her.

“Pretend the putty is a juicy steak and cut it into bite-size pieces,” says Angela Hull, occupational therapist at Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita.

Bariatric surgery has her ‘living life instead of dreaming about it’

Via Christi Weight Management patient Tammy Metzger

Five years, Tammy Metzger took a long, hard look at herself in the mirror. Staring back was an overweight, 40-year-old woman she didn’t know — one who hated grocery shopping, trying on clothes and being in almost any social situation.

“I had put a lot into my career and being a single mom, and I just lost myself,” says Tammy, now 44 and 130 pounds lighter than when she began Ascension Via Christi Weight Management’s bariatric surgery program.

CMN Hospitals helps family of OMS patient

Carter Berkley CMN Hospitals child

Everyone at Grant and Norma Davis ChildLife Center who helped Carter Berkley’s intravenous treatment get started seemed like an old friend, chatting about the new toy he was assembling, asking about school, catching up.

And it was the same for 5-year-old Carter, sporting a fresh Mohawk his dad gave him the night before. He is cooperative and comfortable with the procedures after numerous treatments over the past four years, and doesn’t even mind coming in for them.

Winter is the time for sinus infections

how to treat a sinus infection

By now, many of you moms out there have realized that a very special time of year is upon us. I wish I was referring to the holidays, but unfortunately that's not the case. I'm referring to the wintertime increase in respiratory infections such as the common cold, ear infections, strep throat and, of course, influenza. One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor this time of year is for sinus infections, or rhinosinusitis. This term is a combination of sinusitis (inflammation of the lining of the sinuses) and rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose). Symptoms include nasal congestion, pain and pressure in the face, headaches and cough. The most common cause is viral infection, not bacterial infection as many people believe. Viral rhinosinusitis can progress to bacterial rhinosinusitis, but this happens in less than two percent of cases. Bacterial rhinosinusitis can also occur in people with uncontrolled allergies.

Teen turns life-threatening accident into a whole new life

The glare of the afternoon sun, the unbuckled seat belt, the terrible timing. Like most car accidents, it was a horrible collection of circumstances that left Ashlee Johnston, now 17, in a coma and fighting for her life. It was Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 — just three days before Ashlee’s sweet 16. 


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