Although final details are to be worked out, authorities in New Jersey have agreed to allow New York surgeon Dr. Frank. S. Darras to remove a kidney from admitted killer Charles Cullen at the St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Cullen recently admitted to murdering at least 29 patients in his role as nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Darras apparently will receive temporary medical privileges in New Jersey before removing the kidney and returning to Stony Brook University Hospital where it will be implanted.
In a nice summary of the latest state of the art in robotic surgery, reporter Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle discusses the use of the da Vinci robotic surgical system and what the future of surgery holds.
Hilary Williams, the daughter of country music star Hank Williams, remains in critical condition at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. William’s other daughter Holly was also in the car on March 16, 2006 when the SUV the women were riding in left the road and flipped several times. Hilary Williams had extensive surgery for internal organ damage the night of the accident and then returned the next day for treatment of her multiple fractures. She will require more surgery to treat her injuries. Holly Williams was less seriously injured and was listed in stable condition.
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