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Tolisha Alexander

January 5, 2022

First Patient at UNC Hospitals to Receive a Double Lung Transplant Due to COVID-19 Diagnosis Effect of COVID-19 In May 2021, there were more than 3 million deaths worldwide from COVID-19. By December, that number increased to more than 5.2 million lives lost to the virus. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can cause various … Continued

Skip Morris

December 6, 2021

In late May of 2020, during the height of the pandemic, one night, Skip headed upstairs to get ready for bed. He was feeling unwell. For hours, he emptied the contents of his stomach covered in cold sweats. His wife, Melanie, at his request, called EMS. The ambulance arrived and transported Skip to the Emergency Room at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, NC. His story from there…

Ronald Campbell

October 21, 2021

Standing outside in the fresh air, a crisp winter morning, looking at a clear blue sky and taking a long deep breath, feeling the cold air fill your lungs. It sounds simple, easy. However, for Ronald Campbell, there was a time when taking a breath, any breath was a struggle. This was the stark reality for Ronald Campbell, a 45-year-old father of two living in Raleigh, North Carolina when his condition was at its worst.

Jahlia Parker

October 4, 2021

At ten years old, Jahliah Parker likes to have fun with her siblings, play on her Nintendo Switch, and, along with thousands of other children across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, is ready to go back to in-person school. She is the youngest girl of six children; her brother, whom she is close to, is the youngest in the family, and none of them do anything without the others. Much like her siblings, she is an ordinary kid except for one little thing, her congenital heart condition. Throughout her entire life, Jahliah has had to deal with erratic heart rhythms, skipping of her heart, heart beating too fast, sometimes to the point of pain, and asthma.  At the age of nine, she started to have fainting spells.

Lee Conner

April 14, 2021

Lee was diagnosed with influenza A, a severe strain of the flu, coupled with Strep pyogenes pneumonia. This combination left Lee unconscious, forcing his family to make the decision to put him on ECMO. His pregnant wife and family stayed by his side as he fought to heal.

Brighid Willis

March 25, 2021

Breast Cancer Treatment During COVID-19 Finding the Lump COVID-19, a diagnosis that everyone understands and all that anyone can talk about these days. People are still staying home, staying in quarantine, wearing masks and trying to go about their everyday lives. For those diagnosed with another disease, the potential of contracting COVID-19 adds another layer … Continued

Maria Frangella

February 1, 2021

A Story Twenty-Five Years in the Making The year was 1995, and Maria Frangella was a 27-year-old New Jersey native. A young woman looking forward to getting married to her future husband and best friend. However, Maria was suffering from rectal bleeding, constipation, and bowel issues. She had all the symptoms of Colon Cancer but … Continued

Linda Kelly

January 21, 2021

Linda Kelly, a 66-year-old mother of four daughters, was a special education teacher for sixth to eighth-grade students in North Carolina for many years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago and received treatment that included a mastectomy and radiation. The medical intervention saved her life but led to some later complications that … Continued