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Shenna Rougely’s cell phone has been her lifeline the past few months, capturing heartbreak and triumph in the span of a few short weeks.

It is how she and her two siblings stayed in touch with doctors and nurses while both parents battled COVID-19, how she said goodbye to her father before he succumbed to the virus and how she documented her mother’s return home after 101 days at UT Health Tyler.

Scrolling back through her phone presents a brief timeline of the highs and lows. Rougely has a video from early March showing the joy of her parents, Raymond and Vearline Rougely...

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Tyler, Texas (July 23, 2020) - After months of long and challenging shifts on the COVID-19 unit, nurse Dionne Martin has a plan for re-energizing when she’s able to finally take a break — a trip to sandy shores and sparkling blue water. The beach has always been Martin’s go-to spot when she needs rest and...

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Woman recovers from COVID-19 at UT Health Pittsburg

Sibyl Vickers has survived a lot in her 99 years. She lived through the Great Depression, lost her eyesight 30 years ago and struggles with hearing loss. And now, she counts herself among COVID-19 survivors.

“I’m feeling much better now,” said Vickers, of Marshall, who is recovering at UT Health Pittsburg.

Vickers first started feeling poorly in mid April, tested positive and was admitted to the hospital days later.

“I was so down when I got that test showing it was positive,” she said. “I just was weak and nauseous...

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Henderson nurses in NJ

Four nurses from UT Health Henderson returned to work this week after spending two weeks helping at a New Jersey hospital during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak there.

All four tested negative for COVID-19 upon returning and were quarantined for a week as an added precaution. On Wednesday, they walked back into the hospital they left almost a month ago to help in one of the hardest hit hotspots in the country.

After hearing about the need for nurses to help at Hackensack Meridian Health, a sister hospital to UT Health...

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Donating his plasma

Rodney Davis’ bout with COVID-19 was so bad that he wants to make sure he can do anything he can to help others suffering from the virus.

Davis, 44, of Grand Saline, plans to participate in the convalescent plasma research being conducted by physicians with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Health East Texas with hopes of providing a recovery pathway for patients.

Before he was discharged from the hospital Friday, Davis was asked by physicians if he’d be willing to participate in the program....

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Covid EMS Rapid Response Group Training

The state of Texas is using lessons learned from hurricane response efforts to combat COVID-19, and UT Health EMS crews are training to be part of the state's solution.

On Thursday, UT Health EMS...

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COVID-19 patients share stories of recovery at UT Health Tyler

Roy Anderson and Vivian Schumer arrived at UT Health Tyler within 24 hours of one another, both gravely ill from COVID-19. They both spent weeks on a ventilator and were celebrated with viral videos of hospital staff cheering as they “graduated” from ICU and were wheeled to a different unit. On Friday, both were discharged from the hospital where they spent almost a month.

“I’m doing great,” Schumer said. “I’m ready to get out!”

While both Schumer, 80, and Anderson, 58, will be heading to...

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Your family members share with you more than just the same color eyes or the same kind of hair. While many features you have inherited from your family members may be easy to recognize, one thing that is not easy to immediately recognize is family medical history.

Being aware of your family medical history is important because you may be at increased risk for developing medical conditions if they run in your family. Sharing your family medical history with your doctor can help you to keep an eye on any symptoms you may be having that could be an indicator of a medical condition...

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Today, more than 7.7 million Americans have PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that develops in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. The symptoms of PTSD can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health, work and relationships.

PTSD recovery can be received through community resources and PTSD support groups. Led by a UT...

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