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.

  • 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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  • How Cyndi Bigger Found Hope After Cancer Led to Heart Failure

    Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Heart Failure Clinic Finds a “Will” When There is a “Way” After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, Cyndi Bigger underwent rounds of radiation. The radiation helped her beat breast cancer, but in the process, damaged her heart. In 2014, she received a complete heart transplant evaluation by the CHI St. Luke’s Health – Baylor St. Luke’s

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  • How Double Bypass Surgery Answered a Minister’s Prayer

    Baylor St. Luke's Offers Vick Smith a New Lease on Life In late July of 2018 after working in his son’s yard in Beaumont, Texas, Vick Smith experienced chest pains and a tingling sensation in his arm. After a local hospital diagnosed him with heat stroke and asked to admit him overnight, Vick and his wife, Laurie, decided to pack their bags and head to Baylor St.Luke’s Medical

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  • Heart of a Winner: How Shae Brown’s Heart Transplant Changed Her Life

    Transplant at Baylor St. Luke’s Helps Patient Run a Race She’ll Never Forget Crossing the finish line at the 2017 Chicago Marathon is one of the greatest highlights of Shae Brown’s life. But how she achieved it—and who ran by her side—is even more remarkable. A Weakening Heart When Shae Brown of Shiner, Texas, was 16, she was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of

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  • How Lynda Degeyter’s Giving Heart Was Made Good as New

    Lynda Degeyter, is known in Montgomery County to have a heart of gold. Once a week, she can be seen at the Conroe Salvation Army shelter, serving homeless families as though they are dining at a nice restaurant. Her husband Marvin says that Lynda goes the extra mile, making centerpieces and place settings for each table. But a recent heart problem threatened to prevent her

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  • Rising to the Occlusions: How James McGarvey Took on a Quadruple Bypass

    James McGarvey is the owner of an IT company, a husband and the father of two young daughters. For a few years, he had noticed periods of shortness of breath, but doctors said it was just anxiety. But James, an easygoing man who wasn’t even 40 years old, thought it had to be something else. A couple of years later, at just 41, James was at work when his symptoms became worse.

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