Andre’s Michigan Answer: A Second Surgery. And a Second Chance

Andre Gibson was a typical man, but not in a good way. According to a recent study by the insurer AFLAC, in the past 12 months, 45% of men did not visit a family doctor or general practitioner for an annual check-up or wellness visit. Candidly, Andre admits he never thought he needed a doctor. “I’ve… Continue reading Andre’s Michigan Answer: A Second Surgery. And a Second Chance

LaKendra’s Michigan Answer: Liver Transplant

She just didn’t want her students to see her crying. Nine years into her elementary school teaching career, LaKendra Butler was ready for anything. A random curious question, a student forgetting their homework, even the occasional fall on the playground. What she had never expected was the sudden excruciating pain she was now feeling in… Continue reading LaKendra’s Michigan Answer: Liver Transplant

Bentley’s Michigan Answer: Life-saving Care. Life-changing Outcomes.

Marguerita Booth had never heard of a child being born with their organs on the outside of their body. And yet as she laid in the darkened room of her first ultrasound of her first pregnancy, she was suddenly introduced to a condition that surprisingly affects 1 in every 3600 babies. “When the doctor told… Continue reading Bentley’s Michigan Answer: Life-saving Care. Life-changing Outcomes.

Sam’s Michigan Answer: A medical school that sees him as a champion

It had been raining on Sam Grewe for hours. His shoes were soaked. The custom-made prosthetic leg below his right thigh was beginning to fail.  And the massive Olympic stadium, which usually was filled with fans shouting their encouragement, was ghostly quiet under pandemic restrictions.  And yet, as Sam stood contemplating his third and final… Continue reading Sam’s Michigan Answer: A medical school that sees him as a champion

Merriah and Melliah’s Michigan Answer: From Premature Birth to a Bright Future

Few moments eclipse the joy of discovering that you’re pregnant with twins. But for 37-year-old Merrick and 37-year-old Mychal, the news that they’d be having fraternal girls with an expected delivery date of Christmas Day 2020 made the news even more exciting. “I couldn’t think of a better Christmas present,” recalls Merrick Smith of Ypsilanti,… Continue reading Merriah and Melliah’s Michigan Answer: From Premature Birth to a Bright Future

Dr. Rothberg’s Michigan Answer: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

What do you do when you know a disease is reversible, even curable, and yet each year millions of people still suffer from it? For Amy Rothberg, M.D., you find a whole new way to help people not only lose weight, but in some cases even reverse a diabetes diagnosis. Obesity and diabetes constitute a… Continue reading Dr. Rothberg’s Michigan Answer: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Logan’s Michigan Answer: A living donor liver transplant at just 15 months old

In February 2018, Amy and Nick Winkler welcomed their healthy twin boys, Logan and Connor into the world. Amy recalls “feeling a huge sense of relief when both boys were born healthy and without any complications. Nick and I were just really excited to be parents and to move forward with this next chapter in… Continue reading Logan’s Michigan Answer: A living donor liver transplant at just 15 months old

Sierra’s Michigan Answer: Researching Bold Breakthroughs for Diabetes

Imagine two patients. Both the same age and height. The same gender and race. Both have a similar medical history. Two people, almost identical in every way. So, why does one of them, seemingly at random, develop diabetes? This is the question Sierra Nance and numerous other researchers inside Michigan Medicine work tirelessly to answer. With… Continue reading Sierra’s Michigan Answer: Researching Bold Breakthroughs for Diabetes

Chris’s Michigan Answer: Creating a way for himself and others

It was December 2017, and Chris Connolly was four months into medical school, when he discovered it was difficult for him to hold onto a cardiology stethoscope when reaching across a patient’s hospital bed. It was time to take a trip to the hardware store. “Before I started medical school, I worked with occupational therapists… Continue reading Chris’s Michigan Answer: Creating a way for himself and others

Dr. Lin’s Michigan Answer: A Telehealth Approach to Mental Health

Addiction and substance use, depression. Anxiety. Loneliness. As the fight to combat the spread of COVID-19 took center stage internationally, its effect on mental health slowly began to tighten its grip on many in quarantine.  But an emerging tool — considered only a year ago by many to be impractical and too difficult to use… Continue reading Dr. Lin’s Michigan Answer: A Telehealth Approach to Mental Health