Man with Parkinson’s Sets Sights on IRONMAN Race

By Drew Munhausen Just over five years ago, Matt Kintzele noticed a twitch in his left thumb. Over time, the twitch got worse and slowly progressed into his hand. Kintzele, at age 46, was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. “I was active before my diagnosis, exercising about three times a week,” Kintzele said. “But [Continue Reading]

Ali Vise

Follow-Up Friday: Teenager Abigail Now Thriving a Year After Heart Surgery

The possibility Abigail Franklin could lead an active, healthy lifestyle absent of heart transplant before she turned 30 years old was at one time inconceivable to her family. And when John and Eve Franklin’s middle child began experiencing the early stages of heart failure at age 15, it seemed altogether impossible. But a life-saving surgery [Continue Reading]

Derek Kelsheimer

Saving Austyn’s Arm

By Natasha Barrett One little girl and her mother stood at their hospital room door eagerly waiting. “He’s right there!” another girl yelled. The dog’s furry tail wagged happily from side to side while walking down the hallway of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital as kids waited to catch a glimpse of Dexter, the golden retriever [Continue Reading]


Teen, ejected from a vehicle, is thankful for a second chance at life

By Jade Waddy An act of heroism sent 17-year-old Lacy Johnson down a path that would change her outlook on life. While on summer break from high school, Johnson was ejected from a vehicle she was a passenger in, after it lost control. “I took off my seatbelt to help the driver try to regain [Continue Reading]


From the Garden to the ER: Michael’s Heartfelt Journey

By Shannon Dillon Within three hours, a day of gardening for Michael Lawrence ended with unsettling health diagnosis.  Last August, Lawrence was in his backyard gardening–one of his favorite hobbies. He had just planted a Texas sage and walked to the front driveway to get a bag of mulch out of his car.  Even though [Continue Reading]


Life and Basketball: Peter Berry, the nation’s No. 1 high school wheelchair basketball player lends advice and shares how TIRR Memorial Hermann shaped his life

By Jade Waddy In July 2011, Peter Berry was involved in a tragic motor vehicle collision, suffering spinal cord injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down when he was just 9 years old. Berry was introduced to wheelchair basketball when he joined the TIRR Memorial Hermann Junior Hotwheels team at age 10. With [Continue Reading]