Patients

Leif Whitaker downhill skiing

Thanks to medtech, chronic pain doesn't keep Leif Whittaker from an active and adventurous life.

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A successful blind date is all about finding common ground: a favorite food, a beloved band, or a shared hobby. For Natalie and James, medtech was the missing link. When they first met, Natalie was just four weeks out of her most recent open heart surgery. James had already spent more than 20 years living with diabetes and using an array of medical devices: insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and advanced needle technology, to name a few.

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Preparing for life as a college freshman can be complicated. Hannah Davis is looking for a college where she can continue to practice martial arts, and where she can make new friends and meet new mentors. But, unlike many of her peers, Hannah is also working with her medical team to create an effective treatment plan for her type one diabetes once she leaves home.

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“I felt like I was losing my mind.” At 26, Kimberly Bari was experiencing seizures on a daily basis. Prescribing everything from anti-epileptic medications to brain surgery, doctors worked tirelessly to identify a solution. They eventually found the solution they had been looking for in medtech. 

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“I was prepared to die,” Brenda said. After seven months of chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy, Brenda Vincentz-Smithhad defeated breast cancer, but doctors had given her a new diagnosis: brain metastases. Cancer cells from Brenda’s breast had traveled to her brain, attaching to her healthy brain tissue as three separate tumors. To Brenda, brain tumors sounded like the end of the road. To her doctors, they looked more like a pothole, an obstacle that, with the right treatment, Brenda could potentially overcome.

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As a professional classical musician, Kristen Linfante’s career has always posed challenges. But she never imagined one of those challenges would stem from a debilitating nervous system disorder.

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Emily was suffering up to 200 seizures a day until an experimental medical device – compared to a pacemaker for the brain – gave her much needed relief. Now, the device is FDA approved to dramatically reduce epileptic seizures, in some patients up to 90 percent. Hear Emily’s story and learn how innovative medical technology is improving her quality of life.

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Herb’s doctors had determined that the porcine mitral valve in his heart – inserted in 2001 after he survived a heart attack – was failing. They warned him that another open-heart surgery would have about a one in six chance of killing him. Fortunately, this new medtech solution would allow Herb to get the treatment he needed with just a single minimally invasive surgery. 

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When professional violinist Roger Frish noticed a tiny but uncontrollable shake in his bow hand, he was devastated. Fortunately, doctors pinpointed a unique medtech solution.

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