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Tony Hansberry II

14-year-old develops a way of sewing up patients after hysterectomies

Tony Hansberry II is a ninth-grader. The new sewing technique he has developed helps to to reduce the risk of complications and simplifies the hysterectomy procedure for less seasoned surgeons.
This neurosurgeon in the making attends Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School, a magnet school in Jacksonville, Florida, geared toward all things medical. His project came about last summer during his internship at the University of Florida's Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research. Tony figured that by suturing vertically instead of horizontally, using a device called endo stitch, some complications could be avoided.
"I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives,"(...)"It's not hard if you have a passion for it," Hansberry said. 'He was supervised by Dr. Brent Siebel, a urogynecologist, and Bruce Nappi, administrative director of the Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research.' He presented his findings in April 2009 at a medical conference at the University of Florida.

Photo by JON M. FLETCHER/The Times-Union

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Comment by Blacque Widow Dolls on October 16, 2009 at 8:20am
Amazing. What a wonderful story.
Comment by Tina Contis-Quinn on October 12, 2009 at 6:11pm
Awesome! Incredible achievement and one that will go down in history for him.
Comment by Salakida on October 9, 2009 at 9:40pm
This does my heart good, the future!!!!
Comment by Riley Riley on October 5, 2009 at 11:35pm
Excellence. Keep it up Tony.
Comment by Leigh J on October 4, 2009 at 11:06pm
This is amazing! We need to have more of this represented in our communities and less Derrion Albert cases
Comment by Indigo Sky on October 1, 2009 at 6:47pm
That is so awesome......thanks for representing......
Comment by Mike Nelson on October 1, 2009 at 3:15pm
Cool story! When I was in 5th grade and lived in J'ville, I used to take a bus once a week to Darnell-Cookman for gifted class.
Comment by Satra Sia on October 1, 2009 at 10:40am
I love when our children tap into their potientials.. i love it. this young man visualized it, and took the steps to make it happen.
My heart is smiling this morning.
Comment by The L. is good for you on October 1, 2009 at 10:26am
See what happens when our kids have access to proper education? Blessings 'pon him. Blessings 'pon the minds of the youth in general, as well.
Comment by lightningfro on October 1, 2009 at 5:19am
This is amazing!


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