Back in the Saddle After Surviving Two Heart Attacks

An American suffers a heart attack every 40 seconds according to the American Heart Association. Texas rancher Clifford Vacek, 70, fell victim to this statistic not once, but twice. In 2004,  Vacek had started his job as the Honorable Clifford Vacek, judge of the 400th district court in Fort Bend County.  New to the bench, [Continue Reading]

Getting Student Athletes Back in the Game After ACL Tears

For Ilijah Doucet, 17, football has been his sport of choice for over 10 years. Growing up, he played in outside leagues until middle school and high school, where he landed a spot on the Terry High School football team, playing running back, receiver and cornerback.  His game plan changed when he tore his ACL [Continue Reading]

After Years of Excessive Sweating, Teen Starts High School with Confidence and a Handshake

When 14-year-old Alex Malgarejo first met Dr. Matthew Harting, he didn’t greet him with a handshake. Instead, he sat through the consultation, constantly rubbing his hands on the tops of his thighs – a technique he used often. Malgarejo was suffering from a condition called hyperhidrosis, which caused persistent, excessive sweating in his palms. The [Continue Reading]

Quadruple Heart Bypass Patient Runs into his Surgeon 17 Years Later at Katy Triathlon

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a photo from a recent triathlon in Katy can’t even begin to tell the story of a very special reunion 17 years in the making. Sometimes You Can’t Outrun Genetics Back when he was 60 years old, Joe Rivera underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He says [Continue Reading]

“My brain tumor was removed, and I was awake for it.”

Blog by Rebecca Hunter Ever since I was little and learned about the 50 states, there was a small part of me that always wanted to live in Texas. Even when applying for colleges, Texas A&M University was one of my top choices.  In the end, I went where most of my friends were going: [Continue Reading]