Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Black Teenager Invents New Medical Procedure

Young Mr. Tony Hansberry II is only 14 years old, but he has already accomplished something very few people of any age have. Tony invented a new medical procedure that can be used to reduce surgical complications in hysterectomies.

Hansberry interned last summer at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville. It was there that he responded to a call for an improvement to the endo stitch, which is a technique used during hysterectomies. The future doctor came up with his concept in only two days.

Hansberry is a freshman at Darnell Cookman, a Jacksonville, Florida magnet school for gifted students who are interested in medicine. He is the son of a registered nurse and a pastor. The teen’s ultimate goal is to become a neurosurgeon.

Not surprisingly, Tony’s ground-breaking research landed him an invitation to present at a medical conference at the University of Florida, where he captivated an audience of doctors and surgeons.

Angela TenBroeck, the medical lead teacher, said in many ways, Hansberry is a typical student, but she told the Florida Times Union that he is way ahead of his classmates when it comes to surgical skills.

“I would put him up against a first-year med student,” she said. “He’s an outstanding young man. And I’m proud to have him representing us.”

Please understand that students like Tony do not exist in a vacuum. Tony’s parents, friends, and community fostered an environment in which he could learn and thrive. How can we duplicate these types of successes with our children?

The key is to take advantage of existing resources and opportunities, and/or create your own. If your child shows an interest in medicine, ask your pediatrician if your child can shadow her for a day or two. If your child is interested in entrepreneurship, give him projects to do, such as creating a business plan. The possibilities really are endless, and we owe it to our children to help them learn, explore, and develop their talents and interests in a supportive environment.

Stay tuned for our series on educational resources!

Source: http://www.blackimpression.com/tony-hansberry

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