Patient Stories


John Jansky, 27, credits the quick responses of the UAMS IDHI Stroke Program and Vital Link EMS of Izard County for his quick recovery from a stroke.

Timely Treatment Saves 27-Year-Old from Stoke

John Jansky, 27, of Pineville, Ark., wasn’t an obvious and likely person to have a stroke. He didn’t’ smoke or have high blood pressure or any contributing physical conditions. Jansky also wasn’t a likely stroke survivor given he lived in rural Arkansas. Nevertheless, the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Stroke Program, Vital Link…

Frances Sego

Special Lenses Help Former Gallery Owner See Color Again

When Frances Sego, of Fayetteville, puts in the special contact lenses she got through seeking care at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, “it’s like putting a new lightbulb in your eye each morning.” Plagued by complications resulting from corneal dystrophy, which causes irregularities to the clear outer layer of the eye, her…

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Surgeries Resume, Clinics Reopen, Care Remains

While all clinics are now open at UAMS and elective surgeries have resumed, patient safety remains the number one priority for health care professionals.  All patients are screened before coming into the office or clinic areas. Health care professionals, patients and staff all wear masks and keep a six-foot distance between themselves whenever possible.  “We’re…

After overcoming COVID-19,John Fulbright donates blood plasma to a UAMS-led effort to find uses for it treating the ongoing pandemic.

Little Rock Firefighter Survives COVID-19, Donates Plasma

It was still early days in the sweep of COVID-19 across the country when John Fulbright of Cabot, a paramedic and firefighter in Little Rock, found himself admitted to UAMS with shortness of breath and fever. “After I was hospitalized, it got worse before it got better. I was little concerned about being put on…

Jordan Weaver, M.D., uses a digital health video connection to talk to a colleague. Weaver helped lead the digital health effort at the UAMS Family Medical Center in Batesville.

Digital Health Visits Help Regional Campuses Meet COVID-19 Challenges

Brittnay Hall, 39, was at an impasse: COVID-19 worries were making worse her pre-existing problems with anxiety. Also, thinking of having an in-person visit with her physician about her anxiety medications made her feel unsafe. Digital health technology resolved her dilemma. Hall, of Newark, had a more-than-20-year patient-physician relationship with Julia Roulier, M.D., a family…

Sandra Tindall

Weeks After Major Surgery, Fitness Enthusiast is Back in the Gym

Sandra Tindall loves the group classes at the Ottenheimer Therapy and Fitness Center in the Donald W. Reynold Institute on Aging. On Jan. 28, 2020, Tindall was running late to yoga, one of her favorite classes. “I wasn’t paying attention. I tripped on the fire door seal and hit the floor,” Tindall said. “I landed…

Amanda Craver

Kangaroo Care Promotes Growth, Bonding

While so many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of skin-to-skin time for moms and their preemies is still strong. Kangaroo Care, the name for skin-to-skin contact with a preterm baby, has a positive physical that goes beyond strengthening a bond, researchers say. “In the best of circumstances, Kangaroo care provides…

Anthony Freeman

Kidney Transplant Changes Life of Former High School Athlete

Anthony Freeman was a star athlete when he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure at age 15. The then-ninth grader from Gravel Ridge took a physical examination as required for all members of the football team, when the examiner discovered his blood pressure was dangerously high. “I was probably showing symptoms before,” Freeman said. “But…

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