Patient Stories

New Emergency Center Saves Streator Native’s Life

Carol Biroschik, of Streator, woke up with pain in her neck, jaw and down both her sides. What she thought were minor aches and pains turned out to be something much more dangerous.

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Student saved by quick rescue, defibrillator surgery at OSF

Jordan Tribbet was excited to start his first year of higher education as a freshman at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he planned to study project management and serve as a guard on the school’s basketball team.

The graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield was dropped off in his new apartment by his parents on Aug. 19. But just five days later, his course was changed.

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OSF Heart Surgery Patient Turns Volunteer

Ken Masuda of Chenoa, Ill., was a healthy 74-year-old who exercised every day, and ran many Hawaii marathons between his early forties and mid-sixties. When he experienced mild chest pain, he never dreamed it was a symptom of a bigger issue.

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Revolutionary heart procedure gets Central Illinois man back on the golf course

Gene Shurtz was the second central Illinois resident to undergo the innovative TAVR procedure at OSF HealthCare. Suffering from aortic stenosis, the TAVR procedure, allowed Gene to see a day he never thought possible.

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