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Category Archive: Patient Stories

Former Marine shows fighting spirit in therapy
In the News, Patient Stories
June 01, 2023

During his six years in the Marine Corps, 27-year-old Francisco Barajas says he always wanted to be the best at everything. “I was always trying to be the best physique, be in the best shape I could be and be mentally better,” he said. “Every day, I pushed myself to be better than I was the day before.” That drive to succeed has aided in his recovery after a workplace accident left him with traumatic injuries to his face, torso and leg.

Nebraska woman rebuilds her life after a stroke
In the News, Patient Stories
May 30, 2023

One day in the spring of 2023 Renee Henry suddenly felt off. She tried to sit down, missed her chair completely and fell to the floor. The 66-year-old was experiencing a stroke. Weeks later, Renee began to regain her independence at Madonna. “It feels great to be walking and talking again,” Renee said. “Madonna is an amazing place with amazing staff.” Learn more about her road to recovery here.

Faith, expert care played equal roles in Lincoln priest’s recovery at Madonna
In the News, Patient Stories
May 18, 2023

After an infection caused an amputation and eye loss for the Rev. Robert Matya, it became clear that he needed medical rehabilitation. The director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Newman Center arrived at Madonna weak and unable to walk. Not only did he receive daily physician visits to manage his complex medical condition, but he also underwent physical and occupational therapy and received care from our spiritual care team. The faith and Catholic identity of Madonna was exactly what he needed on his road to recovery. You can learn more about his experience here.