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.

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
October 16, 2018

Georgia Mae Braddy

A hole inside a heart. A tiny heart. A heart the size of an infant’s fist, with a hole the size of a penny. A hole that helped to keep a little girl alive. Georgia Mae Braddy is, without doubt, a fighter. At four months old, she has already undergone three major surgeries… Read more
October 8, 2018

Aisha Talley

It’s common to find twenty-seven-year-old Aisha Talley sitting at the organ during church service every Sunday. Her fingers move smoothly and effortlessly across the keys as a melody flows over the congregation. If she’s not playing at church, she may be hitting chords on… Read more
July 16, 2018

Brenda Hensley

“I feel guilty. As a parent, I feel guilty that I’m healthy and she’s not.” Brenda Hensley, a 54-year-old elementary school teacher in Jacksonville, North Carolina shares her feelings about what it was like when her daughter, Krystle, was diagnosed with cancer. “We have t… Read more
July 13, 2018

Krystle Hensley

Krystle’s journey started in July of 2016, when she was a 27 year old graduate student at Tulane, and had her whole life ahead of her when she felt a bump during a breast self-examination. When the results of her mammogram came in, Krystle was diagnosed with stage 1 invas… Read more
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