At UNC Medical Center we know patients are looking to connect with others who have gone through a similar experience, those who find comfort in knowing they are not alone in their fight. That is why we are sharing the inspiring and emotional stories of patients that have walked through our doors.

June 26, 2020

Harvey Jeffries

Who is Harvey Jeffries? A former professor in the UNC Gilling’s School of Public Health, Harvey Jeffries is no stranger to the UNC system. Born in Virginia, raised on a small farm in Fayetteville, Harvey spent his childhood days exploring the woods around his home, collec… Read more
June 2, 2020

Helen Nance

A Fighter All Her Life, Surviving an Unsurvivable Condition Finding the diagnosis Acid reflux. That’s what doctors initially thought Helen Nance was suffering from. Her primary doctor listened to her complaints of nausea on August 24th and did an ultrasound. The tests wer… Read more
April 15, 2020

John Ozols

While the risks are low, there is still a possibility of men developing breast cancer. That possibility became very real for John Ozols, who at 72 had settled comfortably into retirement. At 6’6”, a retired engineer living in Seneca, SC, his days included doing work aroun… Read more
February 25, 2020

Bill Wild

From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. His pediatrician detected a slight heart murmur and sent him in for additional tests. Doctors diagnosed Bill with bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital condition in which the main artery that leads to the body—the… Read more
November 19, 2019

Margot Halpin

Margot Halpin was born at Mount Sinai in New York City with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill and met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care. Read more
November 7, 2019

Jett Leahy

Suzi Leahy was told her son Jett had little chance of survival. He was born with a congenital heart defect that ultimately required a heart transplant before the age of one. Suzi, her family, and the team at the NC Children’s Heart Center at UNC Children’s Hospital fought… Read more
August 5, 2019

Doug Neumann

After seeing a Facebook post about a friend in need of a kidney, Doug Neumann, filled out the paperwork to see if he would be a match and ultimately a living kidney donor. Doug hit challenges during the testing process but was able to connect with Amy Woodard, the Kidney… Read more
Robert Martin adventure
July 30, 2019

Robert Martin

Three years ago, Robert Martin, at the age of 59, was on the brink of losing his job. As a group leader for process mechanics at a biopharmaceutical company in North Carolina’s research triangle, Robert’s job was physically demanding, keeping him on his feet 8 to 10 hours… Read more
May 9, 2019

Deanna Williams

Deanna Williams was a 27-year-old mother of two, pregnant with her third child, a ticking time bomb. She had no idea she had been born with a rare congenital heart defect and that her pregnancy could unexpectedly put too much pressure on her heart leading to possibly fata… Read more
April 22, 2019

Pastor John Hedgepeth

Pastor John Hedgepeth has spent over 50 years providing advice and guidance to members of his Northwood Temple Church. When it came to his own medical needs, he turned to the doctors at UNC Health Care for support. Read about his story and how he connected with Dr. Karyn… Read more
March 7, 2019

Ruth Sykes

Diagnosed in utero, Abbey and Heath Sykes found out that their child was suffering from Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT), a rare fetal tumor. “Just because there is something not quite right in utero, these great doctors can give your child a fighting chance. We’re strong an… Read more
February 19, 2019

Carter Mae Kennedy

4-year-old Carter Mae walked through UNC hospital dressed as Disney’s Princess Elsa days before the Halloween holiday. As she walked from pharmacy to pharmacy, her mother Lindsey, a pharmacist who works at the hospital, was thrilled to be able to give her daughter this gi… Read more
February 6, 2019

Love Creates a Miracle

My flight just landed in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. I had flown across the world to attend a close friend’s wedding on Sunday and then present a seminar at Academia Sinica of Taiwan the following Monday. I noticed it was a beautiful afternoon as I started to leave the… Read more
January 23, 2019

Anna Crollman

UNC Surgery patient Anna Crollman is a breast cancer survivor and sat with us to tell her cancer story. She opens up about her journey with the disease and how it led her to be an advocate for other young women fighting breast cancer. Read more
January 22, 2019

Eve Van Buren

Fatigue, brain fog, irritability and an overwhelming desire to sleep were constant feelings for Eve Van Buren. Eve had just begun a new job at UNC and was running a successful side business, in addition to being a mom of two children. If that was not enough, she found her… Read more
December 6, 2018

Richard Sutphin

At 57 years old Richard Sutphin is getting a new opportunity to live again. Plagued with digestion issues his entire life, he was finally diagnosed at the age of 40 with Crohn’s disease. A construction worker by trade, Richard had found his way down to Louisiana after the… Read more
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