Patient Stories

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Mother’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Hope

Last August, Pat Waitz was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she battled against the breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes, Pat worried about the health of her daughters, Rachel Taylor and Stacy Henry. Read more


Melvin’s Story: The Smallest Grip, The Biggest Heart

Melvin was born at Cooper nine weeks premature, weighing only 2.9 pounds. He spent his first few weeks of life under the watchful eyes of the staff in Cooper’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To show his gratitude for the exceptional care he received at Cooper, Melvin collects pennies each year to donate to Cooper’s NICU. Watch the video


Elaine’s Story: A Mother, a Wife, a Lung Cancer Survivor

Elaine was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. The Cooper Lung Cancer team worked with Elaine on a plan. The Cooper team used the latest technologies and treatments which helped Elaine beat her cancer. Find out how Elaine is doing today, just 11 months after being diagnosed. Watch the video


Renee’s Story: New Lifesaving Implantable Defibrillator

Renee was shocked when she found out she was at risk for sudden cardiac death; she had no symptoms. A family history and exam showed she had a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  When she spoke with Andrea Russo, MD, they decided Renee was a perfect candidate for a new device called a  subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator. Watch the video