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The doctors and caregivers at OHSU are committed to delivering exceptional patient care on a daily basis. They work unwaveringly to diagnose, treat and heal patients from all walks of life.

On this Doctors Day, March 30, we offer our gratitude to the remarkable health care providers at OHSU, whose dedication and expertise have improved countless lives. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a collection of quotes from patients who are grateful for OHSU caregivers and all their efforts.

Gabrielle Zielinski sits with her husband and 4-month-old daughter.

“I had the best group of doctors, and the nurses were amazing. It was like I had friends who came and helped me … I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk, but I woke up and found my legs moving. Every day got better and better. I’m just really grateful.”

Gabrielle Zielinski

New mother Gabrielle Zielinski lost the ability to move her limbs after a burst blood vessel formed a clot the size of an earthworm, impinging on seven sections of her spine. After an emergency surgery from OHSU neurological professionals, Zielinski returned home with her husband and 4-month-old daughter a week later, able to walk again.

Hugo Covarrubias Molina holds up a shoe that says "it's ok to be different."

“Hugo knows that he’s doing way better and that he will continue to do better. He tells me himself, [it’s] because of the care team he has. It’s the best place I’ve ever been to for my kid’s care. The nurses and all the care team try their best to make you feel like you’re at home.”

Dulce Covarrubias, Hugo’s mom

Being different has never stopped Hugo Covarrubias Molina, a sports-loving teenager with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. The expert care at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has helped Hugo navigate growing up as his bouts of illness have lessened, allowing him to embrace his zest for life.

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Linda Cherney navigates colorful obstacles on the floor.

“I can walk without a cane, and I have confidence now. I’m more ‘me’ now than I was before … Thanks to the team at OHSU, I got my life back. I’m not afraid anymore, and that’s the best part.”

Linda Cherney

A clinical trial at OHSU with the goal of helping people with Parkinson’s disease greatly benefited Linda Cherney, one of the study’s former participants. Cherney is now able to navigate the world with more assurance, playing with her grandchildren, going to the theater and traveling.

A health provider helps a patient point at which language they use on a poster.

“What we went through changed our lives and left a permanent mark. We’re so grateful to the doctors at OHSU who helped us through it.”

Francisco Sanchez-Cacatzum, through a Spanish-language translator

When Catarina and Francisco Sanchez-Cacatzum noticed serious behavioral changes in their 4-year-old son, Frank, their pediatrician recommended they visit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The care team at Doernbecher provided an interpreter for the Spanish-speaking family, and his doctors discovered Frank was suffering from an autoimmune condition. After receiving around a week of treatment, Frank returned to his usual, playful self.

Nolan Fuller flips through a children's book.

“Dr. Ashok Muralidaran, he just did an awesome job … I think about him often in terms of someone who is obviously one of the best in the world, but also his bedside manners and his communicating with patients were just top notch.”

Nate Fuller, Nolan’s dad

After Nolan Fuller was born at OHSU, doctors soon discovered he had a coarctation of the aorta, a congenital heart defect. Nolan’s parents, Julia and Nate, credit his care team at Doernbecher with saving his life and allowing him to be the active, rambunctious toddler he is today.

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