Patient Stories

Haley Clark, her husband Seth and their two children Owen and Lilly are flanked by Adam Sandlin, M.D., and his APRN, Brooke Keathley.

Camden Mom Donates Tiny Angel Gowns to NICU

| One day as Haley Myers Clark looked out the window of her Camden home, lost in painful memories of losing her premature son, Noah, a little blue butterfly fluttered by. “My mom would always tell me, ‘If you see a butterfly, that’s somebody from Heaven coming to see you, and that’s God sending a…

family standing in front of graffiti

From Alaska to Arkansas: A Cancer Survivor’s Journey

For throat cancer survivor Shalonda Michelle, there are exactly 3,815 miles between being sick and being healthy. It’s the distance between Fairbanks, Alaska, where her medical journey began, to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, where she finally found healing. Michelle’s harrowing experience began in 2010. She was…

patient standing with her doctor

104 and Cancer Free

UAMS patient treated by James Suen, M.D., is one of the oldest living cancer survivors in Arkansas   A favorite pillow in Maddie Upton’s Camden, Arkansas, home reads, ‘I’m so far up the hill, I’ve started up the next one.’ At 104, there is no old age joke she hasn’t heard, and she shows no…

Dallas Carter

Three-Year-Old Patient Keeps Sight, Survives Rare Eye Cancer

All Quatisa East wanted was for her infant daughter, Dallas Carter, to be able to see. A rare diagnosis of retinoblastoma, or cancer of the eye, threatened that possibility. “I didn’t give up on her — everything I’ve done is just being a mother,” said the 29-year-old. It’s been a long road for Dallas and…

Josh Pretty, seated, gives a thumbs up just before he leaves UAMS Medical Center for what would turn out to be a shorter-than-expected stay in a local rehabilitation hospital. His wife, Alissa Pretty, third from the right, also does the same.

UAMS Trauma Team Helps Save Sherwood Man after 30-Foot Fall

Even though Josh Pretty can’t remember what happened to him, his family and friends will never forget his fall Nov. 12 from the top of a 30-foot ladder while hanging Christmas lights from a customer’s house. They didn’t anticipate the accident or the sight of the severe injuries he received from it.

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