Patient Stories from USA Health


"I Can Power Walk Again! Thanks USA Health!"

"I often start my day walking with my dog. Last year I began experiencing severe symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion, which left me unable to power walk.

I had an appointment with Dr. William Richards, and he let me know that I had a paraesophageal hiatal hernia and scheduled me for surgery. My stomach was twisted, which is why I was unable to keep my food down. My condition could have turned out very badly had it not been remedied.

The care I received at USA was phenomenal. Dr. Richards and his entire staff were all fabulous. Now, I can eat anything I want to, and I'm able to power walk again."

Pat Buffa
Pensacola Beach, FL



"I'm on the Road to Recovery! Thanks USA Health!"

"Earlier this year, my wife called and my conversation was not coherent. We went to a local hospital, where I stayed for four days. They determined that I needed a center of excellence in order to get a proper diagnosis, so I was transferred to USA Medical Center and admitted under the care of Dr. Naritoku.

After an accurate and quick diagnosis of autoimmune limbic encephalitis, I was put into a medically induced coma and appropriate treatment began.

Dr. Naritoku explained that if I continued to have the bursts of seizures that it would have a very negative effect on me.

Now, I am on the road to a full recovery. I will be able to resume all normal activities, and I look forward to spending time with my family and living a fuller, richer life."

Pete Jones
Fairhope, AL



"I'm Diving Again! Thanks USA Health!"

"Within the last 10 years I had continually gained weight, and I became very unhappy. I had a problem that I couldn't fix by myself. Dr. Richards and his staff at USA know everything there is to know about gastric surgery. They took away all the unknowns.

Before I had gastric surgery I was able to dive, but it took so much weight to get me down. It was cumbersome and exhausting to get in the water so I quit doing it. Now I feel like I'm on top of the world. Dr. Richards and his staff changed my life."

Lance Lemcool
Daphne, AL



"Our Little Boy is Happy and Healthy! Thanks USA Health!"

"Last year, Maxwell had surgery for a birth defect called craniosynostosis. A newborn's skull is made up of bones that are not yet fused together. One of Maxwell's sutures fused too soon, giving him a very prominent forehead. The surgery allowed the suture to open back up, so his brain has room to grow.

I will always appreciate our neurosurgeon, his office and his nurses. We are very grateful for the care we received at USA Children's & Women's Hospital. From start to finish, they did an awesome job.

To this day, Maxwell doesn't look like he had anything done. He is 15 months old and is doing perfect. He is happy, healthy, and well on his way to being as mischievous as he could possibly be."

The Normand Family
Fairhope, AL



"I'm Singing Again! Thanks USA Health!"

"I have been in the choir since I was a little girl. It has always been a passion of mine to sing. When you start singing, you get happy.

In 2000, my baby was diagnosed with lupus, and I found out that I could get lupus later on in life. Eventually, my blood pressure became uncontrollable, and my blood count was low. My rheumatologist admitted me into USA Medical Center, and I was put on dialysis.

Before I started dialysis, I didn't have the breath to hold a note. Now, I am able to sing and go through life without getting tired. Because of my at-home dialysis, I am also able to work full time.

I am very thankful for Dr. Sabrina Bessette, my dialysis doctor. She makes me feel like part of the family."

Konda Carroll
Mobile, AL



"I'm Back to Work! Thanks USA Health!"

"While cruising on River Road in Vancleave, Mississippi, I lost control of my motorcycle. After being thrown from my bike, I suffered from significant head trauma, a lacerated liver, kidney and spleen damage, and my right shoulder was completely crushed. When the ambulance arrived I wanted to be taken to USA Medical Center, and my friends who were with me made sure that happened.

I'm convinced the decision to bring me here saved my life and helped me recover from the injuries I had. The real success was my capability to come back to work. I honestly did not think that I would be able to come back, due to the extensive nature of my injuries. You change when an accident like this happens to you, and I began to appreciate what I do at work as well as at home even more."

Bill Bush
Mobile, Alabama


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