Patient Stories

Dolores’ Story

January 18, 2017

This past April, 76-year-old Dolores Eggemyer was taken to the Neuro ICU after she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm. When she arrived, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the rest Neuro Critical Care Team took care of her. She was later treated by Ramesh Grandhi, MD, who performed an endovascular coiling procedure […]

Dr. Ramesh Grandhi sitting with a patient in a hospital bed and smiling.

Ramesh Grandhi, MD, Featured on KSAT 12

January 3, 2017

“Her chance of living was slim, but when a healthy 34-year-old had a massive stroke on Christmas Eve, strangers came to her rescue. Now, the woman and her doctor both call her full recovery a Christmas miracle.” Watch this amazing news story featuring Ramesh Grandhi, MD.

Rocky Buchanan standing with Dr. Sun and a neurosurgery resident, smiling during a clinic visit.

Rocky Buchanan’s Story

December 22, 2016

Earlier this year, Rocky Buchanan was in an 18-wheeler accident that left him with an unstable upper cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UHS and taken to the Neuro ICU, where our neurocritical care team helped stabilize him. Rocky’s lung function was extremely tenuous, which complicated his case, but Derrick […]

Patient Frank Ibarra sitting in a wheelchair and smiling during a clinic visit.

Frank Ibarra’s Story

December 18, 2016

After falling in the shower, Frank Ibarra was taken to the emergency room. A CT scan indicated that he had a subdural hematoma (a collection of blood outside his brain) and needed to be moved to UHS. Frank’s case was tricky because his heart condition precluded him from being sedated. Thankfully, Dr. Ramesh Grandhi was […]

Michael Shugart standing with thumbs up while he is surrounded by the Neurocritical Care Team.

Michael’s Story

December 6, 2016

After he suffered a severe brain injury in October, 18-year-old Michael Shugart was admitted to University Hospital. John Floyd, MD, and Ramesh Grandhi, MD operated on him while Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, oversaw his care during his time in the Neuro ICU. Michael came by today to thank us for the excellent care he received […]

Wilfred Staunch sitting in a clinic waiting room.

Wilfred’s Story

November 23, 2016

Last October, Wilfred Staunch, suffered a stroke in his home that left him incapacitated. His family started to worry when he stopped answering their calls; they called the police to check on him. When the officers arrived, they found him unconscious and immediately took him to University Hospital where he was seen by Ramesh Grandhi, […]

Dr. Seifi and Patient Jeff Damon standing together and smiling.

Jeff’s Journey: A Patient’s Recovery and Outreach

February 3, 2015

Jeff Damon was painting his living room when it happened. While perched high atop a six foot ladder, he lost his balance and fell. “I hit my head on the floor and fractured my skull, creating two bleeds on my brain, front and back. Additionally, I broke my back, tore my spleen and popped my […]

Dr. Garvin and Patient James Ellis smiling for a photo.

Jay’s Remarkable Recovery

November 4, 2013

James “Jay” Ellis was admitted August 18, 2013 after a motorcycle collision.  He was wearing a helmet and in full gear when his bike skidded on some gravel and he was thrown off. Unfortunately, his legs were injured when they struck a street sign. He arrived at University Hospital in critical condition with multiple long […]

Departmental Doctors rally to save ‘Baby Klaus,’ born with massive head due to excess fluid build-up

December 20, 2010

Sheri Burdine remembers the day she received the phone call from a woman named Ericka in El Paso, Texas, seeking help for Baby Klaus. The 10-month-old had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus— commonly known as “water on the brain” — and his head had grown to three times normal size. Local doctors had sent him home to die, […]

Dr. Koebbe using a piece of equipment to explain something to Patient Lino Ozuna.

Device retrieves clot, helps retired bus mechanic beat stroke

June 3, 2010

Patricia Ozuna can tell you all about the night her husband, Lino, suffered a stroke. The couple lay in bed at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2009, when Patricia felt his body lean into hers. “I said, ‘Lino, you’re squashing me.’ It didn’t take me more than a minute to realize something was wrong. He […]