Patient Stories

Here, we offer just a few stories about patients who found the special care they needed at Stony Brook Medicine, through the services provided by our surgeons and staff:

Christian Rojas, of Port Jefferson Station, NY, was born at Stony Brook Children's Hospital with a life-threatening condition of the abdominal (belly) wall, and he needed a surgical repair right away. Read his story.

Chris Boduch, of New Hyde Park, NY, had end-stage heart failure, and he needed to find a way to stay alive and regain the quality of his life. Watch him tell his story.

Annette Torro, of Lakewood, NJ, had advanced peritoneal cancer, and was told she had two months to live. She needed to find a way to stay alive, and she did at Stony Brook. Read her story.

Gerry Hayden, of Southold, NY, had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gerhig's disease), and he needed to find a way to breathe better and extend his life. Read his story.

Robert Rouge, of Riverhead, NY, found out by surprise — just before his daughter's wedding — that he had a life-threatening aneurysm, and needed surgery right away. Read his story.

Judie Ackerman

Judie Ackerman, of East Hampton, NY, was facing life-threatening heart complications after suffering a devastating heart attack, and she needed a top heart surgeon. Read her story.

Arthur Plowden, of Amityville, NY, had end-stage heart failure, and he needed to find a way to stay alive and function until he could get a heart transplant. Read his story.

Joseph Grillo, of Patchogue, NY, thought he had strep throat but it turned out to be tonsil cancer, and he needed to be treated by a first-rate head and neck surgeon. Read his story.

Samanta Angelina ("Angie") Barreto, of Ecuador, was born with a rare facial cleft that disfigured her, and she needed plastic and reconstructive surgery to have a normal life. Read her story.

Dunia Sibomana, of the Congo, was mauled by a chimpanzee that tore off his lips, and he needed plastic and reconstructive surgery to have a normal life. Read his story.

More patient stories can be found on our blog.