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UAMC orthopaedic surgeon saves lives, helps improve soccer field in Honduras

Published February 10, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

It was the medical team’s first night in Honduras and, after the long trip, the team members just wanted to sleep.

They were woken up at 1 a.m. Confused and tired, they put on their scrubs and rushed to the operating room.

A 17-year-old boy had been brought in, his thumb nearly amputated from a machete. The medical team included Dr. Joseph Sheppard, a University of Arizona Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon.

The boy was quiet and in shock. The sight of his bloody hand shocked everyone out of their fatigue.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. 

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