Patient Stories


March 10, 2019

Local Baseball Legend Receives New Sight

Tom Butler

Tom Butler is a legend at Junior Deputy Baseball. After 49 years of coaching, the organization named a field in his honor during a celebration of his commitment to generations of ball players. Last fall, he noticed he couldn’t see the ball clearly when pitching batting practice for his team of 9- to 12-year-olds. He got really worried…


March 8, 2019

Man Champions Flu Shot After Two Months in ICU

Looking at Josh Jones today, it would not be easy to guess that he nearly died less than a year ago from a very severe case of H1N1 flu. “There were days during his stay here at UAMS when we didn’t know if he would make it,” said Alisa Carlock, an intensive care unit nurse….


Patient Able to Walk Again

After suffering from a severe condition of rheumatoid arthritis, Teddy Jones is now able to walk again. For four years, he spent his time either in his wheelchair or hospital bed. He was unable to do any of the activities outside that he enjoyed doing such as gardening and fishing. Teddy credits UAMS for his…


We are Keeping You Young

Jennifer Allison of Conway has a 2-year-old grandson and a grand dog who have a lot of energy. She loves to take care of them both, but doing so requires her to be on the go, on the ground, and in the middle of the action. As she says, “I have to be able to move. And…


Keeping You Right on Track

Gary Taylor is used to providing advice to others when they come into Go! Running, but when Dr. Michael Cassat came into his store, the roles quickly reversed. Gary asked the sports medicine doctor if he could help with a lingering Achilles tendon problem, and the doctor’s response was, “Sure, come see me.” Dr. Cassat prescribed physical therapy,…


Terry Bradshaw

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw knows better than most that sacrifices made on the field can have lasting effects. In 2015, the injuries and pain from 14 years in the NFL made it difficult for him to walk, play golf or meet the demands of his busy schedule…


Taking Steps Toward a Cure

Angel McVay, UAMS Breast Cancer patient. Angel McVay was a busy wife, mother, business owner, photographer, and yoga instructor. Luckily, she took time for a breast self-exam last summer and went to a UAMS Neighborhood Clinic immediately after noticing a suspicious lump. She was referred to the Breast Center at UAMS for a mammogram the following day, and then…


Expert Team Provides Care

When Chasse Conque, director of athletics for the Little Rock Trojans, and his wife, Lisa, were expecting twin daughters, they were comforted to know there was a maternal fetal specialist on their team. The value of this expertise came home when their twin daughters were born six weeks early in a difficult delivery. The team grew to…


Exceeding Expectations

After routine surgery for a pinched nerve, Les Marlow’s spine developed kyphosis, and his neck started to fall forward. The condition was so severe that he could no longer take daily walks, play golf or do many other routine tasks. The x-ray of his neck shows just how bad it was. He was told he needed to see…


We Had Work to Do

Cameron Smith, UAMS Head and Neck Cancer patient. When Northwest Arkansas businessman Cameron Smith was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer, he didn’t waste any time. “We had work to do,” he said. The first order of business included consulting UAMS’ renowned head and neck surgeon James Y. Suen, M.D. Led by Dr. Suen, a team of physicians…



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