Patient Stories

The people we serve are at the heart of everything we do. By making an impact in a person's life, we're living out our mission of creating healthier communities. Each person we heal has their own story of what the care of St. Luke's Health provided meant to them. Lean more behind the medicine from the patient stories.

  • How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Michael Find a New Focus

    MAY 03, 2021

    Michael Francis, a law enforcement agent in Houston, Texas, has dealt with seizures all his life. As the first step in treating almost any chronic condition, Michael’s doctor prescribed medication to reduce his seizure activity and keep his epilepsy

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  • Family Matters When It Comes to Senior Care

    APR 29, 2021

    Waddell Heinrich is a current patient of Dr. Susan Williams, geriatrician at Baylor St. Luke’s Senior Care Clinic, but their relationship goes back even further. It began when Waddell’s parents, Lou and Carleen Heinrich, who both lived in a senior li

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  • A Work of Heart: Dessie Bice's Story

    APR 22, 2021

    Dessie Bice, a woman always on the go, made sure to practice healthy habits, including eating a balanced diet and exercising every day. She never thought that her family’s history of heart disease could impact her. During her annual cardiovascular checkup at The Heart & Vascular Institute at The Woodlands Hospital, she told her cardiologist, Dr. Vincent Aquino, about a

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  • Time Lost is Brain Lost: Janie Tsai’s Story

    It was an average Sunday for Albert Yang and his wife Janie Tsai when something suddenly went terribly wrong. “I had gotten up to make breakfast and the kids ran into the kitchen to tell me that mommy fell,” said Yang. “I noticed that her body was kind of limp and her speech was on-and-off slurred, and the left side of her face started to droop.” Janie had suffered a major

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    Posted in Stroke Care
  • How A Heart Transplant Allowed Phred Williams to March to the Beat of His Own Drum

    Driving home one night after playing a show with his band, Phred Williams felt a pain in his arm and tightness in his chest. It wasn’t until a few moments later he realized he was having a heart attack. He drove himself to a local hospital near his home where he was told he needed to immediately receive a stent. After he was prepped for surgery, Phred was left alone and did

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    Posted in Cardiology
  • Knee Surgery Improved Rosa Avina’s Quality of Life

    After Rosa Avina had difficulty walking, she went to see Dr. David Randall at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group East Houston Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Randall performed a successful knee surgery on Rosa, which vastly enhanced her mobility and quality of life. “I’ve had a good recovery, and the therapy I’m receiving is helping me move better,” says Rosa. “Now, I can do

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    Posted in Orthopedics