Success Stories

  • Bruce DixonBruce Dixon
    Bruce Dixon of Vidalia, Georgia, is a former Marine who now works in security at a nuclear power plant. He’s not the type of person to be bothered by a little pain. But at age 45, when pain became a part of his daily life, he knew he’d had enough.
    Jonathan HarrisonJonathan Harrison
    Jonathan Harrison of Waycross, Georgia, is getting used to a new life; one that will not include constant pain. The 39-year-old spent 20 years working in construction, including pulling cable and working on a bucket truck.
    Kelly HodgesKelly Hodges
    Charles “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.
    Billy HunawillBilly Hunawill
    “I feel like I’m 19 again.” That’s how 41-year-old Billy Hunawill describes his life since having two major spine surgeries.
    Mark MasonMark Mason
    Mark Mason finds a certain irony in the Mazor robotic surgical device that played a role in his recent successful spinal surgery.
    Father Joseph SmithFather Joseph Smith
    In 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.
    Ashlee Faircloth TaylorAshlee Faircloth Taylor
    Ashlee 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.