Patient Story: Ryan Lane
At the age of 24, after noticing unexplained bruises and body aches, Ryan Lane developed a high fever and was admitted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. There, he was told he had leukemia. Ryan was in a coma for much of his time at the Medical Center. His liver and kidneys shut down, and for a time, doctors and family were unsure he would even survive.
Dr. Bayard Powell explains how Ryan received a number of novel therapies, including arsenic trioxide to treat Ryan’s leukemia. Ryan’s condition improved, and he spent time in physical therapy.
He credits his physical therapists and nurses for keeping him motivated to get better and always supporting him. Now, in remission, Ryan offers the most credit to his mother and her dedication to his care. She was by his side every day as doctors worked tirelessly to save her son’s life.