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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  • 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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  • Baylor St. Luke’s Heart Exchange Support Group Provided Hope During Fearful Time

    How Retha Jones’ heart transplant is the gift that keeps giving Retha Jones has always been driven by her giving mentality. Working in investigative child protective services, raising a family, and constantly putting others needs in front of her own, Retha could always be counted on to provide comfort. She is strong, independent, and resilient, but in 2006, Retha’s attention

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