Paralyzed Surgeon Returns to the Operating Room

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Dr. Ted Rummel is an orthopedic surgeon in O’Fallon, Missouri. A few years ago, a blood-filled cyst in his spinal cord ruptured, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. That tragedy may have slowed Dr. Rummel down, but it didn’t stop him. After a year of physical therapy, Dr. Rummel has returned to the operating room. He has resumed consulting with and operating on patients at a hospital in the St. Louis area.

To operate, Dr. Rummel uses a customized standing wheelchair while in the operating room. A nurse uses a control pad on the back to move Dr. Rummel into position at the operating table, thus keeping the room sterile. You can watch a video of him at work here.

-via Oddity Central


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