Patient Stories


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.

UAMS Lung Cancer Survivor in the Healing Garden of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas

UAMS Lung Cancer Survivor Beats the Odds

About 25-30% of patients worldwide with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer die in less than three months. But with talented doctors, advances in treatment and a bit of luck, some patients beat the odds. John Pertuis, 62, is a member of this rarified group of lung cancer “long” survivors. With help from the UAMS…

Herb Lair at UAMS

Implant Offers UAMS Patient Relief from Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Herb Lair got an upgrade to his quality of life after having a device implanted in his spinal cord at UAMS. Lair, 78, suffered from painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) for about two years until he had the procedure in June 2022. Even after major back surgery and different treatment therapies, Lair had trouble walking long…

“I was very pleased to be able to offer Dave this novel immunotherapy, which takes the patient’s own immune cells and genetically re-programs the cells to attack the myeloma,” Puente's doctor Frits van Rhee said. “I am very excited that Dave tolerated the treatment well and that he has had an excellent response to it.”

Myeloma Patient Celebrates Full Remission by Walking Daughter Down the Aisle

Dave Puente of Elk Grove California, the first myeloma patient in Arkansas to receive the new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) last November, recently saw a very personal goal he’d set for himself become a reality. Late last year, during an interview for an article…

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