Explore stories of strength and inspiration from Valley’s patients.

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Shari's Story

An Accident Uncovers an Undetected Condition

After accidentally falling down the stairs, Shari was taken to The Valley Hospital Emergency Department. Upon examination, a brain meningioma the size of a golf ball was discovered, a condition Shari was unaware of.

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Delaney's Story

A Celebration of Two Births

On her 10th birthday, Delaney didn’t expect to end up at The Valley Hospital—or to have a stroke. But as her mom would later say, it was the best place for them to end up.

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Natalia's Story

Natalia's Story

A Unique Hobby and a Unique Surgery

Being a competitive rock climber is no easy task. It takes a lot of training and hard work. For Natalia Leaf, she didn’t want anything to slow her down, including her pectus excavatum.

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Kenley's Story

Kenley's Story

Living With Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Kenley and her family found the perfect balance of advanced clinical care and warm, personal attention at Valley’s Center for Pediatric Spasticity, where specialists have helped Kenley through every stage of her journey. 

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Tom's Story

Valley's "Biggest Fan"

After breaking his femur and undergoing emergency surgery, Tom opted to heal at home. He regained his mobility and strength, thanks to Valley Home Care’s tailored approach to his care.

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James' Story

Revealing an Unexpected Diagnosis

When two bouts of eosinophilic pneumonia left James with cardiovascular complications, Valley’s heart team worked together to restore blood flow through his heart with the MitraClip device.

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Lilian's Story

Healing at Home

When Lilian needed IV antibiotic therapy to treat an infection in her leg, she chose Valley Home Care to receive skilled care in the comfort of her own home.

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Chris' Story

Time to Take Action

Chris Lengers considered surgery for his pectus excavatum for many years. In 2020, he finally made the decision and headed to Valley, where he received the Nuss procedure performed by Dr. LoSasso.

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Albert's Story

Treating Cardiogenic Shock

What started as a mild cough ended in life-saving intervention from Valley's cardiology, interventional cardiology, and heart failure teams, whose collaborative efforts got Albert back to his favorite activities. 

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Kessoon's Story

Facing Leukemia

Kessoon advocated for herself and got a second opinion at Valley, where she began treatment and overcame acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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Ralph's Story

The Road Back to Health

The long drive to Valley’s neurological ICU proved worthwhile for Ralph, who received top-notch care for a spontaneous subdural hematoma.

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Brian's Story

Regaining Strength After Spine Surgery

After a feeling of tingling in his left arm, Brian sought out treatment at Valley, where he underwent spine surgery and got back to enjoying activities.

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Christine's Story

Christine's Story

A Life in Motion

For 15 years, Christine Pietroburgo struggled with losing weight. As her 30s came to a close, she knew it was time to reclaim her life, starting with weight-loss surgery.

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Izabela's Story

Celebrating the End of Treatment

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and being treated at Valley, Izabela wanted to do something to give back and created a way for patients to celebrate treatment milestones.

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Shirley's Story

Shirley's Story

Reclaiming Confidence

Issues with her weight caused Shirley Fischer to become insecure and lose her confidence, but thanks to the support of Valley's bariatric surgery team, she's happier and healthier than ever before.

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Harry's Story

Joint Replacement x2

After living in constant pain, Harry turned to the surgeons at Valley for not just one, but both of his life-changing hip replacements.

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Greg's Story

Greg's Story

Cancer Care Around the Corner

In 2018, Greg came to Valley where he was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Having had a great experience with The Valley Hospital in the past, Greg knew he was in the right place for his care.

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Donna and Bill Gundlach's Story

Donna and Bill Gundlach's Story

Losing Weight Together

Donna and Bill Gundlach have always enjoyed doing things as a couple - even having bariatric surgery. With a total weight loss of 135 pounds, they're now living healthier, happier lives.

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Deirdre's Story

Overcoming Fertility Challenges

After several unsuccessful years of trying to have a baby, Deirdre felt defeated. With the help of her doctors, she finally got her wish.

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The Verona Family's Story

A Family Affair

Losing weight and staying healthy is a family affair for Albert, Kenneth and Jose Verona, all of whom have undergone weight-loss surgery at Valley.

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