Patient Stories

At Henry Ford Health System, we don’t just treat illness or disease. We treat people. Our patients’ lives are touched by the compassion, dedication and expertise of our staff in thousands of different ways every day, whether it’s a lifesaving treatment or simply a reassuring smile and kind word. Every patient’s story is unique. We are grateful for those who allow us to share their stories here:

cardiology patient coach chuck singleton

Coach Gets Second Chance

An average day turned into one of the most frightening experiences for youth sports coach, Chuck Singleton. He collapsed and suffered a heart attack at his home and was rushed to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.


Sheldon Brafford, Heart Patient

Teamwork Saves a Life

Ever since his heart stopped suddenly while playing hockey at the Optimist Ice Arena in Jackson, Sheldon Brafford says that he knows who his friends are and what is truly important in life.


Heart patient Michelle Rachuk standing in front of trees

Grateful for Generous Donation

A newly-donated portable heart-lung support system is credited as the crucial component in saving the life of a 49-year old patient, Michelle Rachuk, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.


Heart SCAD patient Karen Glugla

The Heart of the Family

Karen Glugla, mother of four, had her second heart attack before age 46 due to a rare heart condition called SCAD.


Scott Salow is the superintendent for Homer Schools and coach of their baseball team.

Motivation from the Heart

Ten years ago, Scott Salow was one of the youngest people to have open-heart surgery at the Henry Ford Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center.


Double Bypass Heart Surgery patient Mike Smajda

Walking the Halls Much Easier

Knee pain may have saved Western School District Superintendent Michael Smajda from a major heart attack.


cardiology patient hana sarkees and husband

A New Lease on Life

Hana Sarkees spent last New Year’s Eve dancing at a celebration with her family. But on Jan. 2, 2017, she suffered a massive heart attack and stroke.


cardiology patient ron hausmann with his classic car thumbnail

Bringing Cars Back to Life

Restoring classic cars can be rewarding, but the hard work takes a toll on the body. This was the case for classic car specialist Ron Hausmann, who started to experience pain in his hips and joints.


Rochelle VanDyke enjoying a meal

Active and Energized

After successful open-heart surgery at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Rochelle says she has more energy and is more active than she has been in a long time.


cardiology patient carl miller working out at the gym

Feeling Stronger

As someone who hit the gym hard four to five times a week, Carl Miller thought he was immune to cardiac disease—until his first heart attack at age 43.


cardiology patient greg weglowski presenting marathon medal to dr farha


A Gulf War veteran, longtime federal law enforcement special agent, and marathon runner Greg Weglowski never expected to experience a heart attack - and definitely not at 40.


heart patient mary with her dog coco

Remote Monitoring Saves AFib Patient

Mary Neff knew something was off and wasn’t feeling well. When she began to experience heaviness in her chest, she paid a visit to an interventional cardiologist.


The Best Gift

After suffering a massive heart attack, Bryan Runstadler was rushed to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and received life-saving emergency cardiac support and bypass surgery.


"I’m Grateful Every Day"

"They got be back on my feet right away and that helped me get back to my farm work,” he said. “I didn’t sit in a recliner after retirement, and I couldn’t just sit still after my surgery."

Scott Maurer

The Right Call

Within seven months of having quadruple bypass surgery at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Scott was back on the field refereeing varsity football, and was able to referee the entire basketball season.

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