Physician Canoes To Hospital To Perform Surgery

Paddled in the dark against heavy currents

(Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, Texas)

Using a canoe as an emergency vehicle, a Clear Lake Regional Medical Center doctor — with the help of two volunteer firemen — made his way through treacherous flood waters in the middle of the night to perform surgery on a 16-year-old suffering from a painful condition that if not treated within a short window of time causes permanent damage.

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When pediatric general surgeon Dr. Stephen Kimmel got a call early Saturday morning that young Jacob Terrazas was suffering from testicular torsion and needed immediate attention, he jumped in his car and headed toward the hospital even though his own home in Dickinson was beginning to flood.

Kimmel only got so far when he was forced to turn back home due to rising waters. Fortunately, two volunteer firemen were able to reach him in a personal truck that had a canoe in the truck-bed. The trio drove down I-45 until the water was impassible, then unloaded the canoe from the back of the truck and paddled in the dark against heavy currents until the water was calm enough for Dr. Kimmel to walk the last leg of the journey to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, almost a mile in waist-deep water.

The hour-long surgery was a complete success and Jacob will be discharged less than 48 hours after this long Saturday night that he, his family and the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center staff will long remember. READ THE FULL STORY AT PRNewswire