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When Words Fail

Jeremy Obata was a typical teenager until he lost his ability to speak. At Emory Brain Health, Jeremy and his parents learned the source of his issue, a rare genetic disease. This is the story of how Emory helped Jeremy regain his voice, and his life.

Date: November 20, 2017

Moms and future moms with rare inherited disorder aim for healthy babies

People with phenylketonuria (PKU) must learn to live their lives adhering to a strict diet to preserve their health. Women with PKU have an added burden: the needed for extra vigilance during pregnancy.

Date: Aug. 11, 2017

Heart patient fundraises for AV200 for AIDS vaccine research

On May 20th, 2017, Action Cycling Atlanta hosted its 15th annual AIDS Vaccine 200 (AV200) to benefit AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center. More than 200 cyclists gathered at the Emory School of Medicine to begin the 200-mile ride to the Rock Eagle 4-H center in Eatonton and back to Emory. Among the riders was Joshua Saunders who, only six months prior, underwent quadruple bypass surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Date: May 26, 2017

Father and son both receive cochlear implants to improve hearing, speech

After Randy Adams saw his young son, who is completely deaf, receive a cochlear implant that replaces the function of his damaged inner ear, the 35-year-old was inspired. Profoundly deaf himself, he learned that he might also be a candidate for the procedure and device, and decided to try it.

Date: April 21, 2017

Grateful patient returns to Emory University Hospital Midtown to thank care teams

In December 2015, Florida native John Heilig found himself in Emory University Hospital Midtown, not knowing how he got there or why. But it was thanks to a quick acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent at Hartsfield International Airport, followed by cardiac care teams at the hospital that kept him alive. A year later, Heilig returned to Emory to thank the team that saved his life.

Date: Dec. 19, 2016

Toddler reunites with Emory NICU nurses at birthday bash

A two-year-old boy and his family reunited with nurses from Emory Johns Creek Hospital's level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for a birthday celebration on July 10, 2016.

Date: July 13, 2016

Monica Kaufman Pearson faces cancer a second time around

Atlanta TV icon Monica Kaufman Pearson was treated for liver cancer at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Her advice for others going through a cancer diagnosis is to have an "attitude of gratitude."

Date: Nov. 10, 2015

Ebola at Emory: An Extraordinary Year

The summer of 2015 marked one year since Emory University Hospital prepared to accept the first patient to be treated for Ebola virus disease in the United States. Over three months in 2014, the hospital's Serious Communicable Disease Unit successfully treated four patients, and over ensuing year and beyond physicians, nurses and scientists have worked with the CDC and other institutions to share lessons of preparedness, prevention and treatment with colleagues throughout the United States and in West Africa and to conduct research aimed at developing more effective vaccines and therapies.

Date: July 24, 2015

Emory Metabolic Camp helps young women take charge of their lives

In 2015 Emory University held its 21st annual summer Metabolic Camp for young women with inherited metabolic disorders, including phenylketonuria (PKU) and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). The research-based camp helps adolescent girls and young women learn to take over the lifelong responsibility for managing their own diets and their own health. Educational programs are interspersed with traditional camping activities.

Date: July 2, 2015

Ebola in the Eye: Ian Crozier's Story

Live Ebola virus can persist within the eyes for months after a patient recovers from acute Ebola viral disease (EVD). Doctors at Emory discovered this when Ebola patient Ian Crozier, who had been treated for months at Emory University Hospital, returned a few weeks later suffering from a severe eye infection.

Date: June 16, 2015

Islet Cell Transplant Leaves Patients Diabetes-Free

It's been 10 years since two Emory patients entered into a clinical trial for their Type 1 diabetes and experienced exceptional outcomes. In March 2014, the Emory Transplant Center celebrated their 10-year anniversary of being diabetes-free, thanks to a unique transplant of donor pancreatic islet cells.

Date: March 27, 2014

Emory Special Services Diagnostic Clinic

Emory Special Diagnostic Services is an Emory Clinic practice dedicated to evaluating patients with significant undiagnosed symptoms despite prior medical evaluation. The clinic has specialized expertise and provide access to the broad community of Emory Healthcare specialists to analyze and diagnose complex conditions.

Date: Feb. 2, 2015

Teacher Inspired by Music, Students as She Fights Cancer

Kathy Whorton's life fell out of tune when she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. A music and band teacher, a pressing concern for her was that she wouldn't be back for the new school year. With the help of the team at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Whorton was able to return to school to continue sharing her passion for music with her adoring students.

Date: July 22, 2014

Teacher Heads Back To Class After Life-Changing Spine Surgery

As a teacher, Christine Zoghbi loved the mental and physical exercise of keeping up with her students. But when unrelenting back pain struck, her active life came to a halt. After doing her research, Christine discovered that Scott Boden, MD, director of the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, is an expert when it comes to complex spine surgeries. Now, a year after surgery, Christine is back at the head of the class.

Date: Apr. 30, 2014

Paired Kidney Exchange at Emory University

The second largest kidney swap in history included Emory Transplant Center, which took care of two patients, a recipient and a donor. A former pastor received the gift of life, thanks to a generous donation from one of his church members. But Gainesville pastor Troy Milford didn't receive his kidney from parishioner and friend Robert Poole; Milford received it from a donor in New Jersey. And Poole's donated kidney went to an anonymous recipient in Texas.

Date: July 1, 2013

Winship Patient's Bone Marrow Transplant Story

John Seay was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2010 and was successfully treated with chemotherapy at a center near his home in Cornelia, Georgia. However,  the chemo resulted in a second malignancy that brought him so close to death, doctors sent him home under hospice care. Fortunately, John heeded a recommendation to seek out Winship Cancer Institute's Dr. Edmund Waller, who saw John as a good candidate for a bone marrow transplant. John's transplant went forward when a perfect match was found for him from an unrelated donor.

Date: January 3, 2014

Profile: Emory+Children's Center for Cystic Fibrosis Research

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease of the lungs and digestive system that afflicts about 30,000 people in the United States.  Emory School of Medicine's Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta share the second largest cystic fibrosis clinic in the nation. The Emory+Children's Center for Cystic Fibrosis Research focuses research efforts on developing new therapies, drugs, and devices that will improve the quality and longevity of the lives of CF patients. The Center is directed by Marcus Professor Nael A. McCarty, PhD, who appears in this video.

Date: May 9, 2013