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Albany Med's NICU Provided the Answer

Amy and Gerald Buchanan of Troy knew very early that there were issues with Amy's pregnancy.

"When I was 23 weeks in, I started having bleeding and found out that I had placenta previa," Amy said.

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Triplets Provide Many Surprises

Grady Ostrander is the proud brother of three sisters - Avery, Natalie and Ryleigh. The 5-year-old kindergartner from Ballston Spa is a caring protector of the triplets, born July 26, 2011 at Albany Medical Center.

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Joey Slichko and his mom, Eileen at Joey's first birthday party.

'Miracle' Child Now Happy, Healthy After Delicate Heart Surgery at Albany Med

As seven-month-old Joey Slichko sat there, giggling and playing with his toes, his mother couldn’t help but smile.

“Joey is amazing,” Eileen Slichko said. “He’s a miracle!”

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Helping to Fight Parkinson's Disease

Footprints in the newly fallen snow signaled to Mark Burek that something was amiss – something that led to helping others.

“My right foot print was a long skid mark, much different from my left print,” recalled Mr. Burek of Castleton, a postal carrier and retired Navy senior chief petty officer.

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Violet Williams at home with her siblings Lilli, Raelynn and Luke.

Months of Expert Care Lead to Happy Homecoming

For months after she was born last Valentine’s Day -- 15 weeks early and weighing only a pound-and-a-half, Violet Williams’ home was Albany Med’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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Please click here to watch and learn more about Regina McGuire's experience at Albany Med.

Compassionate Care Makes The Difference

Regina McGuire puts it very simply - "basically, my bone marrow decided not to work."

The 16-year-old Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School sophomore has aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells ...

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Quick Diagnosis, Reaction Has Stroke Patient On Road to Recovery

Gansevoort's Billee Petteys was walking off the dance floor at a friend's birthday party when she noticed something was wrong with her husband, Neil.

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Roman Hula (r.) and his dad, George at Radiothon 2014.

Albany Med NICU Grad is Now His High School's Top Student

When Roman Hula graduates as valedictorian of Richfield Springs Central School on June 28,  no doubt his parents, Amy and George, will recall 18 years ago when they were told their son could possibly have long-term developmental difficulties.

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The unrivaled, comprehensive care offered by Albany Med's Emergency Department provides critical care for our patients 24/7, 365 days a year.

Expertise, Compassion and Kindness

On a Saturday night in May 2013, 78-year-old Albany resident Antonio Bongiorno had severe stomach pain and began vomiting blood. His worried family called 911.

“When the ambulance arrived, the EMT said he should go to Albany Med even though it wasn’t the closest hospital,” said Mr. Bongiorno’s daughter Debra.

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Katherine Aker with Dr. Lewis Britton, the man who saved her life.

Albany Med Patient Meets Doctor Who Saved Her Life

Katherine Aker admitted she was anxious, and a little bit nervous while she was waiting to meet Albany Med cardiothoracic surgeon Lewis Britton, MD.

There was a very good reason she felt that way.

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