Patient Stories from 2012
"I was treated for Crohn's disease at USA. My condition is in remission now and has been for about seven years. The care I received was the best available anywhere.
Today, I'm able to do the things that are important to me -- things that I've enjoyed all my life, like fishing off-shore and fishing for Marlin. My wife, both of my daughters, and my sons-in-law fish. It's a family thing for us.
Fishing continues to be an important part of my quality of life now that I am healthy. I contribute this to Dr. Jack Di Palma and the USA Health System."
Orange Beach, Alabama
“I was a cross-country and track runner at Bayside Academy. My junior year of high school I was running a race, and I had a heat stroke. I don’t really remember most of it, but I do remember waking up in USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, where I spent two nights in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and two additional nights in the hospital recuperating.
At the time I was concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to run ever again, but after treatment at Children’s and Women’s, I’m back running and doing what I love again! Now that I’m in college, I hope to continue running!
I am grateful for the care I received at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital and for the help getting back on the track again!”
"Playing golf is my passion. For a while though, my time on the course was disrupted by Dupuytren's contracture, a medical condition where the movement of your fingers is severely limited. When you are unable to move your fingers, your ability to play is obviously compromised. My quality of life also suffered. Typing was difficult, pulling keys from my pocket was a challenge, and putting on a golf club was impossible.
Until recently, the only treatment was surgery. But with a new procedure now offered in the University of South Alabama Department of Orthopaedics, I was successfully treated with the novel non-surgical therapy right in the doctor's office. Today my fingers are almost back to normal and my golf game is back.
I am grateful for the opportunity to reclaim my quality of life and return to the golf course.
Dr. Richard Talbott, Dean
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professionals
"I injured my neck while sailing in the Dauphin Island Regatta several years ago.
It progressed into what became constant, unrelenting pain that negatively impacted all aspects of my life, including one of my favorite hobbies - playing the guitar.
When the pain didn't improve over time, I went to see University of South Alabama interventional radiologist Dr. Brad Steffler, who recommended a series of epidural steroid injections. The relief was immediate. By the third injection, the pain was completely gone.
I've played guitar since high school and it's a great source of enjoyment and relaxation. When I was dealing with the pain, I worried that I would have to give it up. Now I am back to playing and owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Steffler and his team for giving me back my life – and my music!"