One Hospital. Three Unique Birthing Experiences

Letecia Willis felt she was well-prepared for her son’s birth. The mother of two sons and two daughters had planned for everything—everything, that is, except a c-section. That came as a surprise.

“I assumed I’d have a normal childbirth, just like my other four children,” says the former U.S. Army soldier. “But with every contraction, his heart rate kept dropping.”


Invisible Hearing Aid Offers Superior Sound Quality

Meeting with customers over lunch is critical for self-employed businessman Richard Sheffield. “The fewer times you have to ask people to repeat themselves the less aggravating it is for you and for them,” he says. “I don’t need extra things to aggravate me.” Since Richard got a new Lyric hearing aid, he rarely asks people to repeat themselves. Though he has had six other good hearing aids the past 25 years, he says that the Lyric’s quality of sound and comprehension is superior.


Relief from Allergies

Red itching eyes, sneezing and sinus congestion had plagued Julie King since she was five years old. She could not visit neighbors because of their cat. As a young adult, she suffered worse symptoms after outdoor activities like tennis and came to expect morning headaches. Over-the-counter medication brought little relief, and she began having four or five sinus infections a year. After starting work as a physical therapist in Columbus, the 32-year old says she decided to do something about her symptoms.


One Stop for All Women’s Services

Christy Schreck was glad to have her obstetrician, Dr. Catalina Aranas, just steps away when her son, Owen, arrived December 12. Dr. Aranas was in her office when she got a call from Christy’s nurse. The baby was coming quickly. Dr. Aranas raced upstairs and within two minutes, she was delivering the healthy seven-pound, three-ounce, baby boy.  “If I’d had to drive, park and walk, I would not have made it,” says Dr. Aranas.


An Arm-lifting Story of Success

Millie Bransford had not been able to lift her arm high for 19 years. Her shoulder pain began in 1993 while she was serving as a teacher and missionary in Kenya. She and her husband, Dr. Dick Bransford, a surgeon, were building a school and church for the Massai tribe in the country’s Rift Valley. With one-year old Joshua strapped to her back, she held the boards while her husband nailed them to the walls. By day end, the pain in her right shoulder was intense.


Healing the Wounded

U.S. Army Sgt. Riley Maxwell arrived at the St. Francis Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center with little flesh remaining on his left foot. The foot had become infected as the result of an overseas injury. Unfortunately, four surgeries to rid his foot of the infected tissue left him unable to walk.


And the Beat Goes On

Only five percent of patients survive sudden cardiac arrest. Those who do seldom live with full brain function. Wayne Mitchell, age 62, defied all odds. He got the best care St. Francis had to offer.


Hope for Depression

A Gulf War veteran, Floyd Bidleman was diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome when he returned home in March 1991. Though it got progressively worse and his wife urged him to seek counseling, he never got help. In 1996, he lost a sister to breast cancer. Then, in 2007, his mother died. Having never fully grieved her death, the last straw came in 2010 when his father suddenly died of a heart attack.