Spotlight on Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month: Timothy’s Story

By Alexandra Becker Victoria, TX resident Timothy Prickett first arrived at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in 2018 after experiencing extreme shortness of breath. Because of the severity of his condition, he was hospitalized and placed under the care of Dr. Soma Jyothula, MD, associate professor of pulmonary medicine with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston [Continue Reading]

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Spotlight on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month: Chad Waligura Guides Others into the Great Outdoors

By Alexandra Becker Chad Waligura grew up in the small town of El Campo, TX, where he spent his weekends and summers exploring the great outdoors on his grandparents’ farm. When he was 12 years old, his father took him duck hunting—a transformative experience that reinforced what would grow into a lifelong love of nature. [Continue Reading]

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by Honoring Patients, Staff

By Alexandra Becker In January 2019, Susan Slovak’s life as she knew it changed within days after she was stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a condition in which a person’s immune system begins suddenly attacking their nerves, often leading to paralysis. Slovak’s case was both aggressive and severe. “Everything from the top of my head [Continue Reading]

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A Retired Veterinarian Gains a New Lease on Life after Lifesaving Heart Surgery at Memorial Hermann

By Alexandra Becker For 50 years, Dr. Alfred Wehner worked as a trusted veterinarian in Beaumont, TX, caring for beloved dogs, cats and other small animals. At age 71, he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of running a ranch, and in 2019, he retired to his 250-acre property in Woodville, approximately 60 miles north [Continue Reading]

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A Seizure, a Misdiagnosis, and a Brand New Truck: How One Five-Year-Old Found Her Way to Houston for Specialized Surgery for a Rare Brain Mass

By Alexandra Becker Tony Dingler’s voice still shakes in disbelief when he begins to tell the story. His daughter, Victoria, had just turned five—a big milestone for a little girl. Full of energy and sass, she spent her days coloring, dancing, speeding up and down the driveway on her scooter, and begrudgingly going to her [Continue Reading]

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Happily Ever After: Memorial Hermann Sonographer Shares Weight Loss Surgery Success Story

By Alexandra Becker The bride beamed as she walked down the aisle, clutching her bouquet of wildflowers. Today, she was marrying the love of her life, their combined four children were officially becoming siblings, and she was, in every sense of the word, happy. Had her wedding taken place just a few months earlier, however, [Continue Reading]

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