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.