Surgeons save Colorado woman’s hand after traumatic injury

Sierra Piercy was doing something she’d done hundreds of times before: cleaning the remnants of her daily protein shake out of the blender. But this time was different. On July 7, 2019, the health and fitness enthusiast almost lost her hand when the appliance suddenly came to life. “I was wiping it out, and I […]
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A Nurse Educator’s Journey to a New Normal: Surviving SJS/TEN

On January 25, 2020, Karen Worthy, Ph.D., MPH, RN, CNE, thought she had the flu. Fever, cough, and muscle aches were all symptoms she experienced when she had the flu the previous year, except this time was very different. As the day progressed, she began presenting other worrying symptoms that indicated not only a possible […]
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“Let me tell you about the good that has come out of it.”

Kidnapped and set on fire, Stacy Frank was left to die. “I had second and third degree burns on 40 percent of my body. Both my arms, my chest, and up to the very bottom of my cheek from the bottom of my lip down are burned,” said Stacy. “The doctors gave me only a 20 […]
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Living a life in color: A survivor’s mental health journey and recovery.

At 36 years old, Kevin Photos was fighting a mental war. He had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while, and things didn’t seem to be improving. In fact, it all seemed to be getting worse. And, on January 4, 2017, Kevin made the decision to end his life by carbon monoxide […]
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Burn care across states: Woman treated in Idaho and Colorado after severe burn injury

Meshea Danner was on fire. Unable to unbuckle her seatbelt, she was trapped in her burning UTV. “I was panicking because I looked … and my shoulder was on fire. I could see the flames on me. I started panic-clawing at my seatbelt,” Meshea said. Meshea and her husband, Ely, were hundreds of miles away […]
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Colorado doctor restores function to teenager’s arm with inaugural surgery

Two days after he turned 18, a bullet pierced Aaron Assiter’s neck as he sat in his car in Lubbock, TX. The attack left the high school senior paralyzed from the chest down with little to no movement in his left arm, hand, and fingers. “I had extremely little use of my left fingers and no use of my left arm,” he […]
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Burn survivor SOARs to new heights

Nearly six months after he was severely burned, Kevin Vann walked out of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. To this day, room 7 in the Burn ICU remains a constant reminder to Kevin that, in a time of uncertainty, he was given the gift of a second chance. “There’s people that […]
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