Patient Stories

    • Ed BalderEd Balder’s active 40-year career in the paper industry took a toll on his joints. For three years, he lived with the constant pain of having bone-on-bone knees.  Read more...
    • Gale BrillBreast cancer survivor and the first to receive intraoperative radiation therapy at MUMC.  Read more...
    • Pat BynesPatricia Bynes has the kind of warm, heartfelt laugh that can brighten a person’s day. It comes in handy in her job as a social worker at Georgia Regional Hospital. It also helped her get through a difficult battle with cancer.   Read more...
    • Dallas DeenLike many victims of serious accidents, Dallas Deen has no memory of her head-on collision on March 20, 2009.  She recalls loading her belongings and her cat, Miss Amy, into her car and leaving her parents’ home in Newington, Ga. With a newly earned degree as a certified nursing assistant, she was headed to Asheville, N.C., where a new job and a new life awaited her.  Read more...
    • Henry HanberryFor more than three years, Henry Hanberry of Clyo, Georgia, struggled to eat. He suffered from a rare condition called achalasia. The ring of muscle around the lower part of his esophagus would not relax, so food could not pass from his esophagus to his stomach. Instead, his food would get stuck in his esophagus, forcing him to throw up.   Read more...
    • Sandra Hanson Sandra Hanson of Okatie, South Carolina, spent her career advocating for the health of others. Before relocating to the Low Country, she was the director of Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Aging and Health in Cleveland. In 2011, she realized it was time to make her own health a priority.   Read more...
    • Kelly HodgesCharles “Kelly” Hodges will go down in medical history. He was the first person in the United States to receive the Triumph® Lumbar Disc to replace a herniated disc. The artificial Triumph disc was surgically implanted by neurosurgeon James Lindley, Jr., at Memorial University Medical Center. Hodges doesn’t care that he’s a medical “first.” He’s just glad he can finally live his life without constant pain.   Read more...
    • Libby  Malphrus It was October 2010, and 33-year-old Libby Malphrus was juggling more than most people can handle. She was working full time as a genetic counselor for a perinatal practice, parenting a 4-year-old, balancing the demands of marriage and home life, and – perhaps most overwhelming -- helping her mother go through treatment for primary peritoneal cancer. The last thing she needed was the phone call from her gynecologist’s office stating that her recent Pap test results were abnormal.   Read more...
    • Cornelius MyersEvery single day, Cornelius Myers feels lucky to be alive. On April 8, 2009, he was cutting down trees deep in the woods in South Carolina. A sudden gust of wind blew a tree over and it landed on top of him. Myers was pinned to the ground, face down, alone in the woods.  Read more...
    • Josiah Parker One-year-old Josiah Parker is all smiles. Looking at this bubbly and busy toddler, you’d never guess that he spent his first year of life fighting to stay alive. After months of fear and worry, his mother, Michelle Parker, is finally all smiles too.   Read more...
    • Jackie PerlisJackie Perlis is always on the go. At age 80, she cooks, dances, rides a stationary bike, swims, and keeps up with her five grandchildren. When her hips wore out and threatened to slow her down, she got a new pair.  Read more...
    • Rick RebellatoRick Rebellato grew up playing hockey in Ontario, Canada. He eventually moved to Savannah and traded his hockey stick for golf clubs. Rebellato knew that his athletic lifestyle would take a toll on his body, so he was not surprised to learn he needed hip replacement surgery. Unfortunately, there was a catch. The 58-year-old had a prior heart valve replacement and must take blood thinners every day.  Read more...
    • Father Joseph SmithIn early 2010, Father Joseph Smith, pastor of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, was facing a full calendar. Lent and Easter were fast approaching, along with a busy wedding season. It should have been a joyful time, but Smith’s quality of life was deteriorating. He was living with constant pain that extended from his shoulder blade to his right hand. It had gotten so bad he could no longer use his hand.  Read more...
    • John SwingleProstate surgery barely slowed John Swingle down. The pulp and paper industry executive and engineer has already retired from one career and settled into a part-time version even in retirement.  His busy schedule, not to mention the commuting distance from his Wayne County home to advanced treatment facilities at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, was a factor in the decisions he made concerning his treatment. His urologist, Michael Cox, M.D., presented several treatment choices.  Read More...
    • Ashley Faircloth TaylorAshlee Faircloth Taylor is always on the go. When we first spoke with the 36-year-old Statesboro resident, she was busy juggling the demands of her three children (ages 12, 11, and 8) and planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé Benjii Taylor. But she wasn’t always this active. Just six months ago, Faircloth Taylor’s life had come to a standstill. Read more...
    • Lisa Vaughn The 41-year-old Hinesville mom and her husband are raising four sons, ranging in age from 6 to 15. Vaughn also works as a parent mentor for the Liberty County Board of Education. Her life is so busy that for a long time, she ignored the health issues that made her uncomfortable – acid reflux, hot flashes, low energy, and frequent diarrhea. She assumed the symptoms were just part of aging and stress. That all changed during a routine appointment with her primary care doctor.   Read more...