☀️ Robotic Surgery Saves A Life

PLUS: A Homeless Man Rescues Family From Fire

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Thank you for reading today’s edition of Grateful Gazette 💜

Here’s what to know for Tuesday:

  • Surgery with a robot saves the day

  • A world record is broken by 29 seconds (!)

  • A homeless man protects a family from a fire


Archie Fernando was in a challenging position. Her patient is immunocompromised, and this surgery is taking place in 2020 at the height of COVID.

They can’t do open surgery because that would put the patient at risk in the hospital for over two weeks. The best option is a less-invasive, robot-guided surgery that can prevent the need for in-hospital after-care.

But Fernando doesn’t have the experience for this kind of procedure.

No one on staff at this hospital can do it, but her colleague can help in another way.

Nadine Hachach-Haram is the founding CEO of Proximie, a startup that uses augmented reality to help connect surgeries and open the OR to more collaboration and insights.

That sounds like an ad, but it truly made a difference in this surgery. Hachach-Haram and Fernando connected with Jim Porter, one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons. 

He dialed in from the United States. But, uh, the surgery was in London. Imagine helping save a patient’s life across the ocean from your bedroom.

That’s what happened here, and the implications are inspiring.

The more future surgeons can view and learn from various teachers, the more chances for better hospitals and experienced teams in the future.

The shared data and insights make every hospital using Proximie better for patients. Surgeries that never seemed possible in a remote surgical center are happening. People are getting the care they need.

We hear a lot about the dangers of technology, but a robot guided by a surgeon listening to another surgeon who’s watching from another country saved someone’s life.

This world is always getting better.

🗞 More Good News

💵 A lotto winner is donating a portion of his winnings to build classrooms

🐦 Researchers discovered a bird that they considered to be extinct

🦀 Cleaning up abandoned crab traps makes a big difference for our oceans

🏃‍♀️ Maria Perez breaks the 35KM run walk record by 29 seconds

🍼 She gave birth and then received her doctoral degree 24 hours later

🍒 Pac-Man is getting a LEGO recreation to honor the game’s legacy

☀️ The Bright Side

Joe Hollins set up camp with his wife near an apartment complex. They are homeless, and the spot was an excellent space to stay for a bit.

Early one morning, he heard screams coming from the complex and rushed over. He saw an apartment erupting in flames and a woman, Claudia Jimenez, screaming for help.

Hollins helped Jimenez get her entire family out of the blocked-in apartment.

He caught her two kids, her dogs, and her from the window, all before the fire department arrived to suppress the flames.

It was a heroic moment, and Jimenez says Hollins is an angel who saved her family’s lives.

Help can find you even in your most dire moments and from the most unlikely places.


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