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Chris Winther’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Story

Guest blog by former Mary Free Bed patient Chris Winther Jr. I arrived at Mary Free Bed late on a Friday afternoon after a two-week stay in the hospital for a below-knee amputation. Admittedly, I was very afraid, not only because the amputation had just taken place, but also because the future meant I had…
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A Man with Two Prosthetic Legs Receives a Change for the Better

When he was only 7 years old, Harry Zemmer received his first pair of artificial legs from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. “They were like hollow logs,” recalls Harry, a 60-year-old Ann Arbor man who was born without fully developed lower limbs. “There were no knees.” With hydraulics, microprocessors, braking mechanisms, energy-saving technology and myriad…
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Mom and Son Receive Support from the Mary Free Bed Feeding Clinic

When Clare Griswold watched her newborn son, Desmond, sleep, she noticed his body would twitch. The twitching would wake him up, which led to even less sleep — for both of them. At two months old, Desmond was evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with benign neonatal sleep myoclonus – a sleep disorder common among…
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Mary Free Bed Pain Center Highlight Videos (Parts 9-12)

In this 12-part Mary Free Bed Pain Center video series, Dr. Eddie O’Connor explains what you can expect during your 6-12 week journey at the Mary Free Bed Pain Center. Our team is here to teach you how to interact with and overcome your pain so that you can get back to the life you…
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Mary Free Bed Patient Gets Back to the Hunt

“It’s about getting me back to me…and who I’m going to be for the rest of my life,” says Mike Kibben of his time spent in the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in 1997. Mike fell from a tree while hunting, paralyzing him for life. But with the help of Mary…
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Mary Free Bed Pain Center Highlight Videos (Parts 5-8)

In this 12-part Mary Free Bed Pain Center video series, Dr. Eddie O’Connor explains what you can expect during your 6-12 week journey at the Mary Free Bed Pain Center. Our team is here to teach you how to interact with and overcome your pain so that you can get back to the life you want live….
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Mary Free Bed Spine Center Gets Ballerina Back On Her Toes

Aurora Lewis decided at 16 she wanted to be a professional ballerina. She realized that dream as a freshman in college, but severe back pain soon followed and lead to her having to cancel her contract. The next two years were a mix of pain, confusion and disappointment as Aurora went to more than a…
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