Patient Stories

Lifelong pain is at an end for ‘Super Charlie’


UMP - Image - Charlie Ray Family WebAsk 5-year-old Charlie Ray what his stomach felt like earlier this year, and his response is simple:

“Ouchie, ouchie, ouchie, ouchie, ouchie,” he said, covering his stomach with his hands and frowning.

But Charlie—dubbed “Super Charlie” by his friends, family and fans—is quick to move on from that question. He’d much rather talk about basketball (he plans on playing “50,000 games” in his life), or firefighters (he has a firefighter-themed birthday coming up), or chicken nuggets (his favorite food).

For Charlie’s parents, however, his lifelong bout with chronic pancreatitis is not so easy to forget.

“We couldn’t sit down to dinner as a family, because Charlie couldn’t eat solid food,” said Megan Ray, Charlie’s mother. “We would eat cold pizza in the bathroom, because we didn’t want Charlie to smell it and feel like he was missing out.”

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New University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center is a leap forward for patient care

Accessible. Advanced. Efficient.

That’s how University of Minnesota Health representatives describe a new, 318,000-square-foot University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center. The center, which is still under construction, will open for patients in January 2016.

Once completed, it will serve as a catalyst for the expansion of our extraordinary patient care and innovative research. Patient needs and the principles of access, innovation and cost-effective care have been incorporated at every level into the building’s development.

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