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Since medicine first started to become formalized thousands of years ago, we’ve come a long way. Modern doctors can accomplish some amazing things. You won’t believe these stories of modern medical prowess.
1. Katrina Burgess was fairly certain she wouldn’t recover after breaking her neck and back in a 70 mph car crash. She had punctured her lungs as well as broken her back, neck, pelvis, left leg, and ribs. But some amazing surgeons knew she could die if they didn’t help the bones to fuse back together and they added titanium rods to her leg and spine, allowing her to walk a mere day after her last operation.
2. It’s pretty rare for someone to survive for an extended period of time with artificial pumps keeping their blood flowing. But D’Zhana Simmons had to do just that after her body rejected a heart transplant. Doctors removed the organ and set up the pumps, which kept her alive for almost 4 months before receiving a successful heart transplant.
3. Eyes are one of the most complicated organs in the body, so it’s pretty astounding that doctors have figured them out as well as they have. One worker was blind for over a decade until one doctor figured out how to implant part of his tooth into the eye after shaping it into a delicate lens. The surgery requires a tooth because plastic would likely be rejected by the body. Now the man can see for the first time in years.
4. A rare condition called Twin-to-Twin syndrome connects a pair of in vitro twins by a blood vessel that causes one twin to drain the life from the other. When it’s untreated, there is a high chance that at least one of the twins will die. So the fact that doctors can now perform laser surgery inside a womb in order to separate the twins is not only amazing, it’s also life saving.
5. Most people who have been in a coma for an extended period of time have little hope of ever waking up again, but one patient was able to be revived when a doctor implanted electrodes into his skull. They stimulated an undamaged part of his brain, and he went from a near vegetative state to being able to feed himself and talk to others.
6. In another amazing leap forward in our understanding of eyes, doctors have been able to create and implant bionic prosthetic eyes that restore limited sight to those who are completely blind.
7. For a number of cases of heart attacks in which a patient won’t make it to the hospital on time, doctors can give themselves more time by administering a chilled saline solution intravenously, which slows down the body and creates enough time for doctors to fix the problem.