Patient Stories

UConn Health’s commitment to patient care is evident when viewed through the eyes of the patients themselves. Hear firsthand how people’s health and lives were changed because of the caring commitment of the providers at UConn Health. Then come experience it for yourself.

Love and Exercise Go Together for Long-Time Powerful Aging Participants

Lorry and Marty Clayman of West Hartford have been married 58 years. They met when they were in elementary school and they’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. They’ve both been participating in the Powerful Aging program at UConn Health for nearly 20 years. The couple credits the program with helping them lead a heart healthy lifestyle. That’s where we caught up with the couple and asked them what their secret is to a long and happy marriage.

Young Mother Survives Heart-Stopping Experience

Vanessa Lloyd, 28, was home alone with her 2-year-old daughter when she fainted several times. Her mother drove her to the UConn Health emergency department thinking it was linked to her prior diagnosis of epilepsy. Shortly after arriving, she went into cardiac arrest and the ED team sprang into action. Watch the heart-warming reunion when Vanessa returns to UConn Health to thank the nurses and doctors who saved her life.

Advanced Lung Cancer Patient Shares Story of Hope

Stage 4 lung cancer patient Michel Gueret had a life expectancy of less than a year at the time of diagnosis. After participating in an immunotherapy clinical trial at UConn Health, he now has no more lung cancer symptoms. Michel is sharing his success story to help give hope to other advanced cancer patients, “Never underestimate what is possible.”

Lifestyle Medicine Program Helps Patient Lose 160 Pounds

Melissa Dzierlatka was tired of feeling invisible. Weighing more than 365 pounds, people would rarely look her in the eye when they passed her on the street. Along with her mental health, Melissa’s physical health was suffering. When she was diagnosed as borderline diabetic, she knew things had to change. That’s when she went to see physician assistant Bradley Biskup with Calhoun Cardiology’s Lifestyle Medicine Program. He helped Melissa lose weight, improve her health, and feel like herself again.

Vinnie's Journey Continues: Chapter 2

“I feel great!” Vinnie Jankowski is thrilled with the progress he’s made so far on his healthier lifestyle journey. The UConn Health surgical technician has lost a total of 30 pounds, his total cholesterol level has decreased from 186 to 147, and he’s lowered his blood pressure from 170/100 to 124/82. These dramatic improvements are potentially life-saving because it greatly reduces the constant pressure being placed on his heart due to an aortic aneurysm.

Rapid Treatment for Stroke Patient Leads to Positive Recovery

When Martha Crawford arrived at UConn Health’s emergency department, the physicians quickly determined she was having a stroke. They immediately treated her with a clot-busting medication that saved her life. UConn Health, a certified primary stroke center, offers complete care for patients like Martha. Not only fast treatment, but a team of doctors and therapists who help guide patients through the sometimes long recovery process.

Vinnie’s Journey: Chapter 1

UConn Health surgical tech Vinnie Jankowski needs your help. He’s suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition and it’s imperative that he lose weight and improve his blood pressure and cholesterol levels to mitigate his risk.

Our providers work hard every day to make a positive impact in the lives of our patients.

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Maria Marques, clinical office assistant in Simsbury, is a saint. One of our elderly patients could not get a ride back home after her appointment. Maria not only called Dial-A-Ride for her, she arranged for them to provide ongoing transportation for the 89-year-old patient.

— Theresa Hayle, Clinical Office Assistant