Saint Luke's Stories

Overcoming Hearing Loss, Mighty Melody Continues Writing her Own Song
Melody Unger loves to fill the world with sound. If the spirited 8-year-old isn’t singing, she’s humming, playing the drums, asking questions, or playing make-believe. But for the first two years of her life, Melody lived in silence.
Andrew Found Relief at Saint Luke’s as Heart Transplant Patient #745
Transposition of the great arteries is a rare heart defect that causes the heart to pump non-oxygenated blood to the body. Hear Andrew's story of finding a new life.
93 Years Young: Bettie’s Secret to a Long Life
After suffering a heart attack, Bettie B. started coming to the SHAPE Fitness Center to stay active. More than 20 years later, she credits exercise for her long life.
From Miss Missouri to Miss Stone, Erica Educates Others on Epilepsy
Erica Stone started having seizures when she was just 3 years old. Through her roles as Miss Missouri and teacher, she developed a passion for educating children and adults on epilepsy to help lessen the stigma.
The Magnificent Maddox: A Saint Luke's Midwest Ear Institute Story
Maddox was born with hereditary hearing loss. He received a cochlear implant. Watch how it changed his life.
Pregnant with Breast Cancer: Laura’s Early Detection Story
After noticing a lump her breast, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer just nine weeks into her pregnancy with her second child.
UMKC Med School Leader Has Firsthand Knowledge of Broken Heart Syndrome
After ending up in the hospital with a stress-induced heart issue, Louise stayed optimistic and made lifestyle changes to turn her health around.
Innovative Valve-in-Valve Procedure Allows Mother to be More Active
Jersita Samo had been dealing with heart issues for half her lifetime when it got to the point where she could not do her typical day-to-day activities.
Heart Pump is One Tool Cardiologist Used to Help Save Area Sheriff's Life
As the sheriff of Livingston County, Steve Cox was used to calamities happening … to someone else. The 52-year-old was seeking a fifth term in office when his own heart stopped beating.