Olathe Health Blog

Category: Patient Stories

  1. Maggie Syfrid

    Quick Action at Louisburg Clinic Saves Choking Baby

    It’s every parent’s nightmare: you look over, and suddenly your baby isn’t breathing. It happened to Erin Syfrid. Thankfully, she was right next to an Olathe Health clinic.

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  2. Patricia Ordiway with her son Ethan

    How 27 Blood Donors Saved a New Mom's Life

    After delivering her son, Ethan, via an emergency Caesarian section (C-section) at The Birth Place at Olathe Medical Center (OMC), Patricia suffered a massive blood loss. Moments after Patricia got to kiss her son for the first time, she remembers feeling sleepy and hearing Dr. Peck ordering someone to get more blood.

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  3. Allison Lee and her family

    Allison Lee Recovers Quickly After Gallbladder Surgery

    As both a nurse and a mom, Allison Lee of Gardner spends most of her time caring for her patients and her two young daughters, Harper and Nora. But when Allison started experiencing nausea and stomach pain after eating, she didn’t seek care for herself right away.

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  4. Olathe Health Cardiology Patient Steve Renko

    New Heart Device is Change-up for Retired Pitcher with A-fib

    When retired Major League Pitcher Steve Renko's blood thinner medication started causing painful side effects, he knew it was time for a change-up. That's when cardiologist Dr. Ravi Yarlagadda told him about a new procedure.

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  5. Sharon DeFreece

    Artist Sees New Beauty After Innovative Procedure

    Sharon DeFreece, a professional painter, has always been inspired by colors. But she didn't realize how much color was missing from her own life until she received a new heart procedure at Olathe Medical Center.

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  6. Jim and Hazel Gillette dancing

    Dancing Their Way Toward a Heart-Healthy Life

    At 82, Jim is much more active and fit than others his age; something that’s even more remarkable considering he has been living with heart failure since 2010. Instead of letting his condition slow him down, Jim and his wife Hazel used the health scare as incentive to make some major lifestyle changes.

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  7. Amy and Larry Kircher

    Amy Kircher Stresses the Importance of Colonoscopies

    At the age of 63, Amy Kircher of Paola was living her healthiest life. But that April, without any symptoms, Amy's colonoscopy revealed devastating news: colon cancer. She turned to Dr. Christopher Lewis at Miami County Medical Center.

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  8. Ron Mersman and Dr. Yarlagadda

    New Heart Procedure Reduces Ron's Risk of Stroke

    A new, non-invasive procedure at Olathe Health called left atrial appendage (LAA) closure helped get Ron Mersman off his blood thinners and reduce his risk of stroke.

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  9. Caroline Trammel and her orthopedic surgeon Dr. Todd Smith

    Caroline's Complicated Ankle Repair

    A slip on black ice led to ankle surgery for Caroline Trammel. The surgery was further complicated by an ankle reconstruction from 40 years prior. How Dr. Smith was able to rebuild her ankle.

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  10. Darlene Miller and her daughter Katharyne

    Handling Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Darlene's Story

    Darlene Miller, 79, began experiencing pain and numbness in her hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome, sometimes so bad that she couldn't even hold half a cup of coffee. Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Eckland, DO, was able to help her regain full use of her hands.

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