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14-year-old Survives Serious Sledding Accident


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Sledding accidents land about 20,000 children in the emergency department each year. Researchers found those ages 10 to 14 were more likely to sustain fractures while those 15 to 19 were more likely to have sprains or strains. Traumatic brain injuries made up nine percent of the total. The ninth grader cried in her room. She was in intensive care and afraid she’d never walk again. Valarie Potter had crashed into a fence while sledding down a hill on New Year’s Day. She didn’t remember the accident, just the blood “gushing” out of her nose. She had severe fractures in both legs and the artery behind her left knee was torn. The torn artery was a big problem. “In children, … Continue reading

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Security Officers Come to the Rescue of Homeless Mom and Her Six-Year-Old


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From left to right: Jeff Kane, Marciano Gutierrez, Corey Collmann The wind chill was 30 degrees below zero and the mom had just run out of gas. She and her six-year-old son trudged to the nearby Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center. They were stranded, cold and homeless. “I had a call to go to the front desk,” Immanuel Security Officer Jeff Kane said. “I saw a female and her son. He was crying. She was crying. They’d been driving around for six to seven hours looking for someplace to stay.” The young woman told Officer Kane the shelters were overflowing and she didn’t have any family to help her out. “They were hungry. They hadn’t eaten since early morning,” … Continue reading

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Three-time Breast Cancer Survivor


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photo courtesy of Bell Photography Vira Brooks had three sons in high school. And she had newly-diagnosed breast cancer. “I remember hearing the words, ‘You have cancer,’” she said. “Those words set you back I don’t know how many millenniums.” It was a tough time for the busy mom, who’s also an administrative assistant in the Omaha Public Schools’ Special Education Services.”I decided to do what I had to do to at least see them graduate,” she said, reflecting on that time 19 years ago. James, her oldest, was a senior at Creighton Prep. Twins Justin and Jason were a couple of years younger and students at North High. “I told them all, ‘Mom will be at your graduation.’” After … Continue reading

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3-D Mammogram Catches Breast Cancer Early


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When Carmen Campisi called to schedule her mammogram, she hadn’t heard of the new 3-D technology, or tomosynthesis, at Alegent Creighton Health Lakeside Hospital. A spur-of-the-moment decision to try it may have saved her life. The employee scheduling her appointment mentioned the new technology, which is only available at the Lakeside Imaging Department of the Women’s Center. While the digital 2-D mammogram is considered the “gold standard” for detection of breast cancer, the 3-D technology turns 15 digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or slices, making early detection easier. Campisi decided to give the 3-D a try, never suspecting her tests would be positive. She had a biopsy 12 years ago and her mother died in … Continue reading

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Financial Assistance Allows Cancer Patients to Focus on Getting Better


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At Alegent Creighton Health, the difference in our cancer care is the way we deliver it. There is something very personal about the way you’ll be treated here. One difference is our financial assistance. We offer more charity care than any other provider. He survived Hurricane Katrina. Now Charles Gonzales is determined to survive colon cancer. “I’ve never been sick in 41 years,” said the 63-year-old, who was diagnosed in March. “Doctors discovered it when I had blood pouring out in my stools. I lost so much blood I passed out.” Tests showed he had colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs. “I was ‘what? What do you mean? How did I get it?’ I never met … Continue reading

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