Patient Stories


Ahmed Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., and patient Jim Winter.

Floater Removal Gets Patient Back on the Tennis Court

Jim Winter realized something was wrong on the tennis court. “In the last three to four years, I started having difficulty seeing tennis balls on the tennis court,” said Winter, a retired emeritus research professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Winter was also having trouble working on a computer or reading books…

Clevenger

Student Doesn’t Miss a Beat with New Leadless Pacemaker

Last year at this time, Catherine (Kathi) Clevenger was running an average of six miles every day and would spend her free time studying at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. But around August, she noticed something was off. She would occasionally experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fainting. “Sometimes I would wake…

Bryce Cook reaches toward a therapy tool used to help patients learn to use muscle sensors to control a robotic prosthetic.

Teen Gets Body-Powered Arm at UAMS Amputee Clinic

It was a great day for fishing in May almost two years ago when Bryce Cook, of Arkadelphia, who had just turned 16, headed toward the river on a side-by-side to pursue one of his favorite pastimes. By all accounts – his own, witnesses, subsequent police investigation – he wasn’t going fast when, as the…

"When you get a diagnosis like that, your world crumbles and you don't know what to expect," said Buffy Bennett, the wife of myeloma patient Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas.

Arkansan’s Golf Swing Breaks Back, Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis

In 2017, Wade Bennett of Hackett, Arkansas, was 50, and physically active, both in his work as the owner of his company, WB Drywall, and in his leisure time. He also thought he was in good health. “I had a golf tournament coming up and I was swinging an eight iron in my yard and…

Jayla Buford recently transitioned into the UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program from Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Patient Moves Forward in Sickle Cell Care and in Life

Feb. 25, 2020 | Maturing into adulthood often means leaving familiar things behind while embracing new ones, and Jayla Buford did just that in late 2019 as a sickle cell patient. Buford had been receiving care through the sickle cell program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since she was 4. In late 2019, now an adult,…

Emily & children

Family and Baby Stay Close with Ronald McDonald Family Room

Emily and Michael Baker are no novices when it comes to being the parent of a premature baby. Their daughter, Isabella, 3, and son, Bradley who is nearly 2, are both graduates of the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). And now their son Joshua, born Jan. 14 at 28 weeks and 2 days, is…

Matthew Koshinksi

Car Crash Leads to Discovery of Brain Tumor, Now in Remission

Matthew Koshinski believes the car crash he was in two years ago saved his life. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2018, he wasn’t feeling his best. But the 22-year-old supervisor at UPS went in to work anyway. “I didn’t think much of it. I just thought I’d push through it.” He ended up leaving…

Pettus

Benton Woman Put Opioids Behind Her with UAMS’ Help

After 10 years of abusing drugs, Patrisha Pettus was prepared to die. “I actually thought my addiction was going to kill me,” said Pettus, 35. “I had accepted it, I was waiting to die.” Pettus’ drug of choice was Dilaudid, a powerful opioid narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain. “And then I’d use…

Vivanna Imbert wraps newborn Diego.

UAMS First in Central Arkansas to Use Nitrous Oxide for Laboring Moms

Nurses, obstetricians and midwives in UAMS Labor and Delivery are excited about a new option to relieve pain for laboring mothers. In January, UAMS Medical Center became the first hospital in central Arkansas to offer nitrous oxide during labor. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas,  is sometimes used during dental procedures. This option is…

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently completed a five-day bike ride to raise $7,000 for the Myeloma Center.

Grateful Cancer Patient Pedals to Promote Myeloma Center

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, was 42 and had an 18-month-old son when, on New Year’s Eve of 2004, he was diagnosed with myeloma and given a bleak prognosis from a cancer treatment center near his home. In response, his local oncologist sent him to the UAMS Myeloma Center for a second opinion. “I…

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