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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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Iowa heavy equipment operator getting back on his feet after rollover accident

12/8/2017 9:21 AM | Patient Stories

Every step Jeff Albert takes is one step closer to being among familiar faces and surroundings at his home in Kimballton, Iowa. Working hard to regain his independence after the heavy machine operator suffered severe injuries when a compacting roller he was working with tipped over on top of him in early July.

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Madonna helps Omaha dance teacher get back on point after illness

12/8/2017 8:26 AM | Patient Stories

Omaha dance teacher Hannah Matthew is celebrating every single victory after suffering an illness that left her too weak to get dressed. Hannah credits faith, family support and her Madonna care team as reasons she's able to get back to her love of dance.

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Iowa agricultural worker back on the job after tangle with a train

11/30/2017 8:28 AM | Patient Stories

Matthew Carlson is back to work after tangling with a train in May 2016. The Muscatine County, Iowa, agricultural sprayer suffered multiple broken bones along with brain trauma after the work injury accident. Matthew credits Madonna, his fighting spirit along with family and work support for getting him back into the tractor cab.

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Kansas TBI teen reunites with Madonna care team

11/3/2017 8:39 AM | In the News, Patient Stories

Eight months after suffering a severe brain injury from a two-vehicle car accident, Dayton Copeland heads back to the classroom. But first he stopped by Madonna's Omaha Pediatric Unit to reconnect with staff including his doctor who say he's made "extraordinary steps in his recovery."

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Stroke survivor dresses as clown as part of therapy

10/31/2017 1:27 PM | Patient Stories

Stroke survivor Alice Gewecke recently brought only laughs and smiles to other patients as she performed her clown routine as part of her occupational and speech therapy at Madonna’s Omaha Campus. 

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