Stories

Jeff

Caring Beyond Physical Needs: Jeff’s Story

My wife Cathy was the lead medical transcriptionist at a busy suburban Chicago hospital until she had a massive heart attack in August of 2005. The heart attack caused too much damage & Cathy was told that she needed a new heart. She had a Left Ventricular Assist Device, an LVAD, installed in her abdomen […]

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Jane

Jane’s Courageous Recovery

A year ago, Jane arrived at RML unable to breathe on her own and unable to talk, move, or simply blink. Jane battled Guillian-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. Guillian-Barre begins with a weakness in the feet and hands and rapidly progresses to the rest of the body. Guillian–Barre Syndrome is […]

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Motherly Love

Motherly Love

A mother and son were admitted to RML at the same time. Due to the complexity of their medical conditions, they were unable to see one another. They could not talk on the phone or get out of bed to connect, despite being in the same hospital. The son was determined to get back on […]

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New Liver & Lease on Life

Imagine unexpectedly passing out on your apartment and waking up in a hospital to learn that your only option for survival is a new liver. That was a reality for Lia. She battled autoimmune liver disease and her liver was in critical condition. Lia underwent a successful organ transplant but suffered major complications following the […]

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Patrick’s Patient Experience

The patient experience cannot be achieved by one person alone in the hospital setting. It is the responsibility of all – nurses, physicians, and therapists, as well as those who support the care experience, from food and nutrition services and the environmental services team, to the individuals processing billing and medical records. As an environmental […]

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Phil

Phil’s Magical Journey

Phil arrived at RML with respiratory failure, weighing 732 pounds. He worked hard to wean from the ventilator and breathe on his own again, all while losing 250 pounds. A very special day this spring marked very important milestones for Phil: one week off of the ventilator, standing unsupported and taking eight steps for the […]

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Pam

Road to Recovery: Pam’s Story

On March 20, 2003 I was admitted to RML Specialty Hospital after a 28-day stay in Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. I was battling streptococcal pneumonia and breathing with the help of a ventilator. While in ICU, I was put in a drug-induced coma. I only have 24 hours worth of memories from […]

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John

The Gift of Breath

Meet John. Seven years ago, John had double lung reduction surgery. Diseased tissue was cut out of both of his lungs, reducing the size and capacity of his lungs, in hopes of saving his life. The surgeries were his only option at overcoming the emphysema that was destructively taking his breath away. Following his surgeries, […]

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Dolores

The Happiest of Birthdays

“Care, courage, loving and most of all respect for each other,” Dolores gleefully exclaimed as she reflected on her time at RML and the staff who saved her life. Dolores came to RML after being in nursing homes and hospitals for almost two years. She was unable to walk for six months. Her prognosis was […]

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