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Patient Stories

Caesar

Caesar

One day, out of the blue, Caesar Penney started experiencing severe abdominal pain. It did not improve after a few days, so he made an appointment with his primary care physician to get checked out. The next day, Caesar received a message that said he needed to go to an emergency room right away. When […]

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Mary Lynne

Mary Lynne

When Mary Lynne Knighten was diagnosed with aortic stenosis — a potentially life-threatening heart condition characterized by the narrowing of the aortic valve opening — she was surprised. She exercised regularly and felt perfectly healthy. She soon began experiencing extreme fatigue, and had to nap several times a day. She was often out of breath […]

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Becky

Becky

In 2019, Becky Harman and her husband, Tyler, were delighted to welcome their baby boy, Cooper. When it was time for Tyler to go back to work, though, Becky developed intense anxiety. She had trouble eating and sleeping. Eventually, her anxiety led to severe depression, and suicidal thoughts. “I started working on Cooper’s baby book,” […]

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George

George

Hayley English and her husband, Nick, recently welcomed their son, George, into the world in May 2020. George was part of the fourth generation of the family to be born at Huntington Hospital. When Hayley and Nick arrived at the hospital in May, the reality of a widespread pandemic was still fairly new. For many, […]

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Teo

Teo

When Teo Praslin started running a fever in April 2020, he promptly got tested for COVID-19. Two of his co-workers had been diagnosed with the virus, already, so he knew he was at risk. Though Teo tested positive, he was initially well enough to return home, where he quarantined in a separate area of the […]

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Gianna

Gianna

In late March 2020, Rachel Galluppi went into labor — 35 weeks into her pregnancy. She and her husband, Francis, rushed to Huntington Hospital. After examining Rachel, caregivers determined that her baby was in breech position. Rachel would need a cesarean section right away. Only an hour after the Galluppis arrived at the hospital, baby […]

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Shawn

Shawn

When Shawn Lau said his chest was hurting when he breathed, his mom, Marianne, was worried — especially in light of the current pandemic. Tests revealed that the cause of the high school student’s discomfort was not COVID-19, but some abnormalities in his lungs. “The doctor told us we needed to go to the emergency department […]

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Lily

Lily

When Lily Huang was injured going down a pool slide at the age of 6, her mother, Yanling Ma, rushed her to Huntington Hospital. Lily was born here and Yanling knew she could trust us. Lily’s injuries were serious enough that she needed to stay at the hospital for care and observation over several days. […]

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Pete

Pete

Pete Sanchez was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2010. After discussing his treatment options with his physician, he decided to have surgery. Pete was referred to Armen Dikranian, MD, our medical director of robotic surgery, for a partial nephrectomy. This delicate procedure removes the tumor while saving the kidney. The minimally invasive procedure was a […]

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Jim

Jim

One of Jim Horstman’s favorite pastimes is hiking. Over time, though, pain in his knees made it hard to finish long hikes. He turned to Mark Jo, MD, an orthopedic specialist at Huntington Hospital, for help. Jim learned he had osteoarthritis — a condition in which the protective cartilage at the tips of the bones […]

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