Amelia's Story

The Blue Springs, Mo., couple's first child, Amelia, was born with multiple birth defects on July 1, 2017, at Overland Park Medical Center. The most life-threatening issue she faced was a tracheal esophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, which, in laymen's terms, means an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the windpipe, or trachea. Unable to ingest breast milk, Amelia was also at high risk for pneumonia due to stomach fluids migrating into her lungs. » Read more about Amelia's Story

Amy Alexander

Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Alexander said she didn’t know how bad her injuries from the February 5, 2015, crash were until she reached Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center. » Read more about Amy Alexander

Aric Tersinar

Amelia Tersinar was 28 weeks pregnant when her water broke. “Aric came 12 weeks early and was born just over two pounds. He had complications with his lungs, which is normal for premature babies,” Tersinar said. Soon after, doctors discovered that Aric had a rare heart condition, which affects less than one out of every 10,000 babies. In fact, it is so rare that it makes up only one percent of all congenital heart defects. » Read more about Aric Tersinar

Brittlyn Lee

A horrible crash nearly killed Brittlyn Lee, but the urgent care from First Responders and nurses and physicians at Overland Park Regional Medical Center saved her life. Lee was injured in a car wreck on November 7, 2014, as her car was run off the road and struck a pole. Lee was rushed to Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center where she had several surgeries to her left leg, left arm and pelvis. She needed three surgeries to remove glass from her lungs and throat. Lee was in a coma and needed a feeding tube and tracheotomy. » Read more about Brittlyn Lee

Casey Fleischmann

Casey Fleischmann had to go to Hawaii to learn firsthand that midwives aren’t anything like the images she had conjured up. “Midwives are hip, modern, cool,” Fleischmann, who is married to a career Army man, says. “It has nothing to do with giving birth in a bathtub in your living room and everything to do with a personalized birth plan.” » Read more about Casey Fleischmann

Cheyleah Town

15-year-old Cheyleah Town experienced severe stomach pain for nearly two months. “I couldn’t eat any of my favorite foods,” Town says. “I craved Chinese food and Starbucks, but both made me extremely sick.” » Read more about Cheyleah Town

Florine’s Story

Ann Schutzman was excited to find out the sex of her first born at 19 weeks. However, when that routine ultrasound indicated a defect in the wall of the baby girl’s abdomen, a condition called gastroschisis, that sense of excitement quickly turned to fear and anxiety. » Read more about Florine’s Story

Francis Wichman

It’s hard to slow 87-year-old Francis Wichman down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm without electricity or running water in his early years, Wichman learned as a young man that when something needs to get done, you just do it. » Read more about Francis Wichman

Gina Crosby

Gina Crosby of Kansas City had been living with low back pain for a long time. As she describes it, “one day I was a little stiff, and before I knew it, 10 years passed.” Like most people, Crosby was busy with a career and other obligations. But once she started being more aware of her back pain, the more she dug into her family history. » Read more about Gina Crosby

Hector Sanchez

The day after Thanksgiving in 2015, Hector Sanchez was continuing his workout routine. “I was doing sit ups on the incline bench and that was the last thing I remember,” Sanchez says. The 59-year-old marathon runner thought he was in excellent shape. He had just ran seven miles on Thanksgiving Day and has ran more than 30 marathons in his lifetime. » Read more about Hector Sanchez

Isaac Perkins

Isaac Perkins is like any active 10 year-old boy. He enjoys sports, including soccer and basketball; adventures with friends; video games; and exploring the world around him. When Isaac took a nasty spill while bike-riding with a friend on Feb. 7, 2009, Todd remembers pulling into the family’s subdivision after work that afternoon and receiving a phone call from a frantic neighbor. “Isaac and her son were maneuvering their bikes down a hill and lost control,” says Todd. “His friend and his bike crashed down on top of Isaac, slamming him into the concrete.” » Read more about Isaac Perkins

Jack Hyder

A Parkinson’s disease patient and his spouse were willing to wait two years and drive 60 miles for the one doctor they felt could best control his symptoms. “We feel truly blessed that he is our doctor,” says Shari Hyder, of Muhammad M. Nashatizadeh, MD, a neurologist with the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “We know he cares. He listens, he looks at problems as they come up and he finds a way to addresses them.” » Read more about Jack Hyder

Julie Clifton

At 24 weeks in her pregnancy, Julie Clifton delivered Murphy Willingham, Jr. by caesarean section at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was immediately put into the care of the hospital’s Level IIIb NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). He had a heart murmur and respiratory issues and would later develop pneumonia and an infection. » Read more about Julie Clifton

Kaitlin's Story

When Kaitlin Hartman was told that she was pregnant with triplets, her first reaction was to laugh. Kaitlin and her husband, Josh, had just a week to process the thought of triplets when they got more news. » Read more about Kaitlin's Story

Kayla Goff

Kayla Goff woke up at 2 a.m. with shooting pains that were stabbing down the left side of her chest and back “My mind was racing,” Goff said. “I thought maybe I pulled something while juggling breast-pump, and baby, and pillows.” Three hours later, Goff’s doctor advised her to go to the emergency room to check for a possible blood clot. » Read more about Kayla Goff

Kaylene Kern

For Kaylene Kern, the birth of her second child represented much more than a memorable moment. Charlie Kern arrived exactly one minute after midnight on January 1, 2015, and his status as Kansas City’s 2015 New Year baby was reported on the news. But for Kern, 33, the newborn signified a very personal narrative—one of an empowered mother who advocated for the midwife birthing experience she wanted, and received. » Read more about Kaylene Kern

Kristi & Jason Fine

When asked to define the rollercoaster of emotions they experienced when their daughter was born prematurely, Kristi and Jason Fine use words such as “scary” and “overwhelming”. But the couple is quick to liberally pepper their accounting of their time with their tiny baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with descriptions ranging from “gratitude,” and “comfort”. The Fine’s second child, a girl named Charli, was born four weeks premature on October 24, 2009. » Read more about Kristi & Jason Fine

Laura Kellogg

Laura Kellogg had learned to live with migraine headaches. For more than 20 years – since the age of seven – they struck like clockwork once, sometimes, twice a month. And when they did, Laura retreated to her dark and quiet bedroom to lie down and simply wait out the excruciating head pain and its accompanying nausea and vomiting. Her migraines were painful and draining, but something she had learned to accept. » Read more about Laura Kellogg

Lindsay Tiehen

Poignant memories from the two months that Charlotte and Jack Tiehen lived in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Level IIIb NICU will no doubt stay with mom Lindsay Tiehen forever. » Read more about Lindsay Tiehen

Lisa Butler

Imagine waking up in a hospital’s ICU with casts on, IVs dripping, machines humming and absolutely no recollection of the incident that led to this acute predicament. That’s exactly what 34-year-old Overland Park resident Lisa Butler experienced in late July 2009. On July 18, she was the passenger on a motorcycle traveling 65 miles per hour on Highway K-7 when the motorcycle was sideswiped by a car. The collision’s immense force sent the young woman flying from the bike, causing her to hit the pavement, lose her shoes and consciousness. » Read more about Lisa Butler


Like many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Missy, age 52 from Olathe, Kansas, remembers the exact moment she received her diagnosis. “It was June 2014 and my husband, youngest daughter and I were taking a beach vacation and were on our way to meet our oldest daughter,” Missy says. “We were an hour away from town when I received a call from the surgeon. I recall saying matter-of-factly, ‘So, it’s cancer this time.’” » Read more about Missy

Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton doesn’t know how it happened. One minute he was cruising on his new dirt bike, and the next minute he was cruising to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. “Nobody saw me crash, but apparently I was lying face down in the mud,” says Hamilton who is a well-known attorney in the Kansas City area. “There was nothing wrong with my bike or protective equipment, so it was probably just a weird turn in the air.” » Read more about Patrick Hamilton

Robert Cuthbertson

See how Robert's kidney stones helped heal his heart valve. » Read more about Robert Cuthbertson

Sarah's Story

Sarah Hammontree was shocked to find out she was pregnant. “I have a long history of surgeries to remove fibroid tumors from my uterus,” Hammontree said. “After my last surgery in 2016, I wasn't sure I even wanted to try to get pregnant. There was a moment of joy for sure but then it followed with terror.” The second shockwave came during her first ultrasound. “Then, I was told I was having twins,” Hammontree said. » Read more about Sarah's Story

Tawny Sue McClellan

Tawny Sue McClellan likes nothing better than hopping on her bicycle for a miles-long ride. She has been an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. So when knee pain and swelling forced her to stop riding, and even curtailed her daily activities, she knew it was time to search for a solution. That search led her to orthopedist Dan Farrell, MD, and an innovative new joint replacement procedure. » Read more about Tawny Sue McClellan


Tracey, a former Pro Figure competitor/bodybuilder, was doing her usual morning stretches when she noticed a lump at the base of her right breast, just days before her annual mammogram. At her appointment in March of 2014, Tracey’s radiologist ordered an ultrasound and a subsequent biopsy which revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. » Read more about Tracey

Verna Linderman

See how Verna's car accident saved her from a stroke. » Read more about Verna Linderman

Vince Boggia

Vince Boggia moved to the Kansas City area in October 2007 from Huntsville, Ala., and considers his first experience at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) as one of an instant and collaborative partnership. Vince has a family history of heart disease. His father succumbed to a heart attack at 57 years old, Vince’s exact age when he visited Gregory Chambon, MD, his physician at College Park Family Care Center. » Read more about Vince Boggia

Wyatt Robinson

At 39 weeks pregnant, Stacey Robinson was induced. “Everything was going just as planned until I hit seven or eight centimeters,” she says. “The baby’s heart rate started to drop consistently and I was having trouble pushing.” Stacey needed to have an emergency C-section. When Wyatt entered the world, he wasn’t breathing. » Read more about Wyatt Robinson