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Gabrielle Giffords’ Extraordinary Journey
The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head at pointblank range on Jan. 8 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others.
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Tato Stanley: Makes Statistically Improbable Recovery
At the end of a family vacation in Snowmass, Colorado, 17-year-old Clay “Tato” Stanley was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident. “They were doing jumps, and Tato lost control on the landing and was immediately paralyzed,” Tato’s mother, Alice Stanley says.
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Jacob Smith: Your Attitude Defines Your Future
On April 12, 2014, Jacob Smith was returning home with other students at his high school in Whitehouse, Texas, after attending a leadership conference in Corpus Christi for members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The last thing he remembers was buying snacks when the four-car caravan of students and teachers stopped at a service station along the way.
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Kevin Everett Is Standing Tall After Suffering A Spinal Cord Injury
Kevin Everett arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in September 2007 after suffering spinal cord injury on the field during an NFL Game.
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Brandon Johnson Walks at His Wedding
They had known each other for 15 years but it took a life-changing accident to bring Brandon Johnson and Angela Vanek together at The Woodlands Courthouse, where they exchanged wedding vows before family and friends on Feb. 26, 2016.
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Jennifer Kennedy
A Star Patient: Jennifer Kennedy Recovers from Surgery for Spinal Cord Tumor
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Leigh Rozelle: A Personal Story
Leigh Rozelle found the lump purely by accident, just three days before Christmas. As she crossed her arms, she felt a golf ball-size knot on the outer side of her left breast.
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Elías Torres
Torres’ story of treatment and recovery begins on a morning in the spring of 2015, when he noticed a knot just below the jawline while shaving. “I thought my tonsils were swollen, which happens sometimes when I eat cold food,” Torres says.
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Martín Romero Sanchez Survives Glioblastoma Multiforme
Martín Romero Sanchez has lived the experience Dr. Demireva describes since August 2012 when he was diagnosed with grade 3 astrocytoma and grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
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Scott Carriker: Form Follows Function
Scott Carriker was in a bucket truck, changing out an electric utility circuit pole, when he grabbed the wrong wire and suffered an electrical injury that badly burned both his hands.
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Evelyn Suber: Like Family
In July 2013, Evelyn Suber was hospitalized for dehydration – the result of a serious viral infection. At some point during the two weeks she was ill, she noticed numbness in her legs.
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Therapy Gives Natalie Fraker Strength and a Boost of Confidence
3 year old Natalie Fraker, overcomes brain tumor and associated complications with treatment. Today she is 8 years old, working on regaining skills at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
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James Durham
James Durham suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident in 2011. After coming to TIRR Memorial Herman, he can read, write, think and walk.
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Samantha Shine Shines On
3 year old Samantha Shine came to TIRR Memorial Hermann unable to eat solid foods. Through VitalStem Therapy, she now eats breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Mikayla Williams Makes a 180-degree Turn
12 year old Mikayla Williams was diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, comes to TIRR Memorial Hermann and makes a 180-degree turn.
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Eileen Guerinot Bogar Returns to Her Life as an Attorney and Single Mom
After suffering a severe bilateral brainstem stroke in mid-December 2012, Eileen Guerinot Bogar came to TIRR Memorial Hermann and was walking, driving, practicing law and back to being a single mom to her 10-year-old son within six months
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Daquan Minor: The Determination to Win
18-year-old suffers a fractured skull and a T-6 incomplete spinal cord injury in an auto accident, leads Hotwheels to 2015 Championship
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Jason Roy: From Zero to a Hundred
Police officer who suffers spinal cord injury creates foundation for children lacking financial resources
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John Keller's Miracle in Progress
When 33-year-old John Keller was first admitted to TIRR Memorial Hermann on March 26, 2008, he was in a vegetative state. Two hospitalizations and less than a year later, on January 29, 2009, he left the rehabilitation hospital walking and talking.
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Profile in Caring: Emily Potter, OTR
In 2001, Potter had just begun work on a degree in education at The University of Texas at Austin when she sustained a T11 spinal cord injury (SCI) in an automobile accident, paralyzing her from the waist down.
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Justin Lamb: Rehabilitation for Dysautonomia
TIRR Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Collaborate to Treat a Complex Genetic Disorder
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Braxton Taylor: From Total Assist to Independence
From Total Assist to Independence: Braxton Taylor Benefits from the Resources of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Spinal Cord Injury Program
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Mike McCormick: A Stroke of Luck
McCormick was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, where he spent the next five days. “I’ve been a commercial photographer for 32 years,” he says. “When I had my stroke, it hit really hard.
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Wes Brown: Back on the Road Again
Wes Brown was hauling a load of saltwater from an oilfield in East Texas to a nearby disposal site when the tires on the rear axle of his 18-wheeler hit a pothole and bounced onto the shoulder of the road. As he tried to center his trailer, the steer tire on the passenger side hit another pothole, causing the saltwater to sway to the right side of the tank. The force of the motion caused the rig to roll over.
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Cory Smith
Cory Smith Rises to the Challenge
In May 2012, Cory Smith, a straight-A student and star basketball player at Clear Springs High School in Houston, suffered a severe intracranial empyema, an infection that arises most commonly as a complication of sinusitis or otitis, particularly in males in later childhood, adolescence or early adulthood.
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