News : 2011 : May

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FIU Student Shot in the Heart on a Dare - and Survives

Gabriel Mendigutia dared his girlfriend to shoot him in the heart with a pellet rifle. The pointed lead pellet went through his heart and lodged in a muscle in his back.

“He is a miracle case because so many things went in his favor,” said Dr. Nicholas Namias, Jackson Ryder trauma department director and one of the surgeons who operated on Mendigutia, 21, last week.

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Jonathan McLean, EMT-P, teaches children how to identify and check for vital signs at the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.

Department of Surgery Wows Youngsters During Bring Your Child to Work Day

The Department of Surgery hosted 40 children on April 28 for a special Bring Your Child to Work Day. The day kicked off with breakfast and an introduction by Rafic Warwar, vice chair of administration.

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Child Ready To Go Home After Receiving Seven Transplanted Organs at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Delilah Nevaeh Valdez, 19 months, will finally go home with her parents to San Antonio after surviving — and thriving — on the heels of a seven-organ transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“Delilah had a condition in which her smooth muscles don’t contract normally,’’ said Dr. Andreas Tzakis, director of UM/Jackson Memorial’s liver/GI transplant program. He performed the nearly 14-hour surgery.

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