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A Grateful Albany Med Patient Meets Her Life-Saving Doctor

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Dr. Britton shares a moment with Katherine Aker (c.) and her mom, Maria moments after the Aker's met their life-saving doctor for the first time.

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Click here to learn how Albany Med's Adanna Akujuo, MD because Matthew MacLeod's hero.

His Doctor, His Hero

While on vacation in Cape Cod this past summer, Matthew MacLeod of Albany felt ill. When he returned home, he was diagnosed with an "infection of some type" he remembers.

Matthew was treated with antibiotics, but they didn't help ...

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Difficult Diagnosis Leads to Unexpected New Friends

Dante Gallucci of Rotterdam had always been active and healthy. The tall, strong sophomore played basketball, ran track and was looking forward to another year as a starting lineman on the Schalmont High varsity football team when he was sidelined by a startling diagnosis of cancer.

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A Hospital Visit Leads to New Friendships

Margie Rotchford chose Albany Medical Center for a highly specialized hip replacement procedure, but she left with more — a new understanding of Albany Med.

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Mechanical Heart Pump Gives Quality of Life Back to Albany Med Nurse

Ruth Simmons, RN, a nurse and midwife at Albany Med's Birth Place, needed a life-saving procedure to help her heart continue to beat. She got the ventricular assist device (VAD) she needed at Albany Med.

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Kwasi Leslie (l.) and his family spend time in the Massry Garden at Albany Med.

The Natural Healing Powers of Albany Med’s Garden

Kwasi Leslie is learning first-hand that battling leukemia can be brutal. But during his month-long treatment at Albany Medical Center, the 27-year-old from Saugerties found himself being helped by an ancient concept — spending time in the new Massry Healing Garden.

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Shirley Arensberg with her grandson, Brady.

Getting the Best Care, Close to Home

For Shirley Arensberg, the news last April on her birthday was a like lightning bolt – completely unexpected.
“I went for my annual mammogram, it showed something abnormal. My physician sent me to Dr.  Donna Pietrocola at Albany Med. She ordered a biopsy and ultrasound that confirmed I had stage I breast cancer.”

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With the help of Albany Med's Cardiac Surgeons, Hal is back on the road

Hal Kilborn thought he was going to have to have open-heart surgery. Then he learned of a procedure at Albany Medical Center that put him back on the road quicker than he'd ever imagined.

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How Albany Med Helped Gabby Feel Better

Gabby Wolpert's treatment at Albany Med has inspired her aspirations for adulthood.

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