14-Year-Old African American Improves Surgical Stitching Procedure

14-year-old Tony Hansberry II shown working with Bruce Nappi, the administrative director at the University of Florida's simulation center at its Jacksonville medical campus, on a new technique for sewing up hysterectomy patients. Photo by JON M. FLETCHER/The Times-Union
14-year-old Tony Hansberry II shown working with Bruce Nappi, the administrative director at the University of Florida's simulation center at its Jacksonville medical campus, on a new technique for sewing up hysterectomy patients. Photo by JON M. FLETCHER/The Times-Union

In Jacksonville, Fl., there’s an African American 14-year old working at improving the surgical procedure for stitching up a woman after a hysterectomy.  Of all things that 14-year old young men are thinking of, surgical procedures just don’t come to mind as being in the top 10.

Tony Hansberry II is in the ninth grade and has already presented his “findings” in front of an auditorium full of doctors as though he’s already entered the field of medicine. The project he worked on that sparked his genius was during an internship at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research where he befriended then partnered with the center’s administrative director.

Together they proposed and demonstrated a stitching technique for hysterectomy patients with a tool called an endo stitch.  This tool is not normally used for this type of surgery, but it could revolutionize the procedure enough to reduce complications and cut the surgical time.

Read HERE to be even more impressed with this young man’s discovery and abilities.

6 thoughts on “14-Year-Old African American Improves Surgical Stitching Procedure”

  1. This story makes me so proud. The positive stories of Black young men are out there, thanks for this one.

  2. Now isnt that something! To become involved in medicine, even surgery at his age. So many of our young brothers & sisters, have the ability to use their brains to help mankind, in some way. But, a lot of them don’t want to take the chance, afraid of having their dreams being shot down automatically because they’re young & black. Regardless, keep up the good work youngblood!

  3. What a remarkable young man. As a 67 year old white woman I want to say that I have met many outstanding black, young people and I believe it’s because they have very caring and nurturing parents. That is true of all races. The time the parents devote to their children makes a difference in the lives of the children. What a great young man. I have no doubt that he will achieve anything in life that he desires. Nice article!

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