“The staff at UMMC literally and figuratively saved my life.” Paul Miller, 38 of Horn Lake, received emergent surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in November of 2020 and he couldn't be more grateful.
In 2014, Miller was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor. He opted for brain surgery outside of Mississippi. He first received a trans labial resection, a procedure to remove as much of the tumor as possible through his nose, then received radiation to shrink what remained. Able to carry on with his regular lifestyle, Miller lived on his own, worked, and helped take care of his family with minimal difficulties for several years.
On July 5, 2019, Judy Herrington, a 60-year-old physical therapist from Madison, was scheduled to have her cardiac pacemaker’s battery replaced at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “It was a routine outpatient procedure, so I didn’t feel the need to ask anyone to accompany me,” said Judy. “I thought I would be in and out that same day.” Little did Judy know she would be at the hospital for four days recovering from an acute ischemic stroke.
Bradley Hamblin, a 24-year-old from Dennis, was having continuous headaches that by September of 2020, had turned into severe migraines. Thinking it might be related to his eyeglass prescription, he made an appointment to see an optometrist. His eye exam revealed a swollen optic nerve that sent him to the emergency room for further evaluation. “I went to the ER at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo,” Bradley said. “They did a CT scan that showed a large mass, and so they ordered an MRI which indicated I had a brain tumor.”
Kathleen Keeton, a 79-year-old from Jackson, has a long history of back pain. She first underwent back surgery in 2012, followed by hip and knee replacement. Following the surgeries, she was able to resume most of her normal activities including walking with a cane for stability and driving. In late 2019, Dr. Chad Washington, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, treated her with steroids for lumbar stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. She seemed fine until December, when she began having excruciating lower back pain and difficulty walking.