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Former patient fulfills promise of playing guitar for care team

4/2/2018 3:57 PM | In the News, Patient Stories

A motorcycle accident left Levi Weber with severe injuries, including brain trauma. But that didn't stop the Sioux City, Iowa, man from fulfilling his promise to his care team.

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Brain injury survivor defies limits with Madonna’s intense therapy and support

3/11/2018 12:28 PM | Patient Stories

Tomas "Mossy" Casillas is a resilient, young man who doesn’t give up. He's also a brain injury survivor. Recently spending time recovering at Madonna for brain surgery, this is Mossy's second time in our care. Mom says support and therapy has helped him make gains even she didn't imagine.

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‘Never give up’ attitude drives Iowa woman’s recovery from traumatic brain injury

2/26/2018 12:37 PM | Patient Stories

Sydney Redler is baking cupcakes in the Independence Square kitchen for occupational therapy.  It’s a long way from where the 19-year-old was a month earlier.

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Dad praises Madonna for son’s recovery from brain injury caused by motorcycle crash

2/9/2018 2:48 PM | Patient Stories

Jake Onstott is on the road to the recovery. This after a motorcycle crash in mid-September caused a traumatic brain injury among other injuries to the Yankton, South Dakota, man. His dad credits Madonna for giving him his son back, saying, "he's my hero. He's doing things I didn't think were possible."

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Madonna celebrates Recreation Therapy month

2/9/2018 11:12 AM | Patient Stories

Madonna's recreation therapists each day work to create connections with patients and provide them with the necessary tools and skill set to successfully navigate the communities where they live, work and play once they leave Madonna.

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Nurse manager recounts patient experience at Madonna for brain trauma

2/5/2018 3:32 PM | Patient Stories

Matthew Hague has spent a decade in health care as a nurse manager at a 24-bed unit of a 217-bed acute care hospital in Mississippi. But over Christmas break, the caregiver became a patient at Madonna's Lincoln Campus after falling from a tree stand and suffering a traumatic brain injury. Switching roles, Matthew says the "extra touches of therapy started my recovery process."

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West Nile virus sends Rapid City woman on long road to recovery

1/16/2018 4:06 PM | Patient Stories

Debra Gibson fought hard for each step she took after West Nile virus weakened her muscles so severely that she couldn't get out of bed or eat regular food on her own.

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Omaha dad’s transverse myelitis diagnosis doesn’t interfere with family time

1/9/2018 1:18 PM | Patient Stories

Dan Lenaghan isn't letting transverse myelitis diagnosis get in the way of spending time with his three young children. Birthday parties, Father's Day and family dinners were hosted at Madonna's Omaha Campus and the kids were even included in therapy sessions.

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Madonna Omaha Campus forms stroke support group to connect survivors and their families

12/29/2017 8:33 AM | Patient Stories

Stroke survivor Shannon Belk and her husband, Mark, share why support groups are such an important part of their journey or recovery.

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Omaha stroke survivor adopts ‘no pain no gain’ mantra for kids

12/26/2017 3:36 PM | Patient Stories

Rehabilitation has new meaning for Darisha Ladd who goes by "Dar," after the Omaha mom of three suffered a severe stroke in late July. She credits her family and her Madonna care team for encouraging her to push through the pain today for a better recovery tomorrow.

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