Patient Stories

Tara Farris in her hospital room after her surgery

Woman Undergoes Successful Liver Transplant at UAMS During Pandemic

Seven years ago, Tara Farris of Little Rock went to a dermatologist to try to figure out why she was itching so much. But the cause of the uncomfortable sensations wasn’t readily apparent. Finally, after a battery of tests and biopsies, “they found out my liver was way out of whack,” she said. The diagnosis:…

Sisters and UAMS Breast Cancer Patients Amber Vanaman and April Biggs

Two Sisters Battle Breast Cancer at UAMS

Like many sisters, April Biggs and Amber Vanaman have shared a lot as siblings. Just one year apart, they shared a bedroom and clothes growing up in Paragould, Arkansas, and have some of same facial features — definitely the same smile. But they never expected to share a life-threatening disease. Biggs was diagnosed with Stage…

Doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care and genetic counselors gathered at sunset on Oct. 7 to remember more than 250 perinatal losses at UAMS during the past year.

UAMS Remembers Those Mourning Infant and Pregnancy Loss

As the sun set Oct. 7, doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care and genetic counselors gathered at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to remember more than 250 perinatal losses at UAMS during the past year.   “Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members want to know that their children are loved and…

From left, Beverly Holloway, Patrick Holloway and audiologist Matthew Brown, Au. D., at Patrick's May 4 appointment.

Cochlear Implant Surgery Restores Hearing, Improves Marriage

After 26 years of marriage, Beverly Holloway still had a lot she wanted to discuss with her husband, Patrick. But despite him taking the initiative six years earlier to obtain hearing aids, they were both frustrated that the devices were no longer working, despite repeated adjustments. Here they were in their golden years, which are…

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