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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Black Medical Student Invents New Surgical Technique -- At the Age of 14!

Black Medical Student Invents New Surgical Technique

Tony Hansberry II is considered a young medical genius. In 2009, at the age of 14, he invented a new technique that will reduce surgery time, pain and complications for women who have hysterectomies. Hansberry was a freshman at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, at the time.

The “Hansberry Stitch”

Hansberry called the new technique the "Hansberry Stitch." The creation came after he reviewed various surgical techniques and the surgical instruments used during surgery. of several surgeries, including hysterectomies and the instruments to perform these operations. His new technique will allow surgeons to complete their operations by stitching the patients back up after having a hysterectomy in a third of the time that it would normally take them.

Physicians at The University of Florida were so impressed that they invited Tony to present his project alongside theirs during a medical education event and teach his technique to others. Angela Tenbroeck, lead medical teacher at the University of Florida, said Hansberry was performing at the level of a first-year medical student.

Motivated by wanting to help others

Hansberry has always loved medicine. “That’s what I love about the idea of medicine: the fact that you can change so many lives with just your hands” he stated. Hansberry is now 22 and has studied chemistry at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He hopes to become a surgeon someday, and make a difference in the lives of others. His ambition is to become a well respected and competent neurosurgeon.

By the way, Hansberry has a twin brother, Tyler, who studied environmental science. Tyler's goal is to follow the work of environmental justice advocate Dr. Robert Bullard, whose “work to progress the environmental justice movement for blacks and low-income communities has been a great leap for humanity globally.”

Watch Tony demonstrate his technique below:

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