7 Daunting Medical Cases These Local Doctors Faced

Even the most educated, experienced doctors encounter cases that leave them perplexed.


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Physicians deal with life and death on a daily basis. Still, even the most educated, experienced doctors encounter cases that leave them perplexed. Here are a few that nearly sent local doctors to doctors themselves.

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A Matter of Life or Death

A brilliant doctor and her expert team of specialists worked feverishly and meticulously to save the life of a woman whose organs and body functions were failing rapidly.

Doctor, Heal Thyself

When even the Mayo Clinic was stumped, Adam J. Messenger, MD, took his failing health into his own hands — uncovering both the diagnosis and the treatment.

Feeling Under Pressure

A skilled and determined spine surgeon saved a patient with a blood clot from permanent paralysis.

New and Hip

An orthopedic surgeon successfully used a nontraditional approach to hip replacement for an elderly man with previous injuries and scar tissue.

Shock and Awe

An elderly patient in cardiac arrest was shocked back to life — up to 20 times — by a tenacious cardiologist and his equally steadfast team, who simply refused to give up.

The Road Not Taken

When more conventional treatments proved too risky — or futile — a top cancer specialist used immunotherapy to save his patient's life.

Things That Go Bump In The Night

A mother’s instincts and a quick-thinking pediatrician's expertise combined to save the life of a child with symptoms rare for her condition.
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