Stories of Gratitude

Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.

Bob Webster: COPD

Bob Webster: COPD

Robert (Bob) Webster of Lafayette, Minn., doesn’t remember the helicopter ride from Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) to Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital (ANW) in Minneapolis, about 90 miles away. In fact, he really doesn’t remember anything at all...

Betsy Kinkead:  SCAD

Betsy Kinkead: SCAD

At 43, healthy and active Betsy experienced spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD); nearly 90 percent of SCAD patients are women.

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: From health policy expert to grateful patient As a U.S. Senator from Minnesota for 16 years and then a senior health policy Fellow at the University of St. Thomas, Dave Durenberger spent much of his career working on health care reform and health...

Lisa Koenecke: COOL-IT

Lisa Koenecke: COOL-IT

After experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, Lisa was treated with the MHIF-developed COOL-IT protocol to reduce risk of permanent brain damage.

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak suffered a heart attack and thanks fast-acting physicians and clinical research for helping his heart avoid long-term damage.

Howard Anderson: Structural Heart

Howard Anderson: Structural Heart

Born with multiple structural heart issues, Howard as an adult has benefitted from MHIF’s continued research into conditions like his.

Andrew Lerud: Cardiac Valve

Andrew Lerud: Cardiac Valve

Born with a bicuspid aortic valve, Andrew developed aortic stenosis and fully recovered his life after an aortic valve replacement.

Bill Kotonias: Cardiac Valve

Bill Kotonias: Cardiac Valve

Through an MHIF study, Bill received a bioprosthetic aortic valve made of animal tissue, which doesn’t require long-term medication use.

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