The Friday Four: Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf
The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Consider this my (early) Christmas present to you, dear reader. You're welcome.
I never paid much attention to Jones when he was suiting up for the Bills. Sure, he was an undrafted free agent who worked hard to overcome his long odds of being an NFL regular. That should be commended. However, the circumstances that led to the premature end of what should have been the defining period of his life – a career as a wide receiver in the NFL – have catapulted Jones to greater prominence and allowed him to become known for more than being an ex-NFL player. I can only hope he will leverage his situation to inform and inspire individuals dealing with serious injuries and illnesses or facing serious surgical procedures.
It’s difficult for me to even mention this story, mostly because my mind floods with questions as I type these words. I want to read as many news articles as I can until I find what caused this young girl’s death. I want to know who or what to blame. I want to make sense of a senseless situation. That’s just not possible at this time.
However, perhaps the most interesting detail of Xie’s story is that it took him almost seven hours to locate a doctor willing and able to help him try to save his hand. And yet, he has recovered without complications and is now resting at home after undergoing a second procedure to reattach his hand about a month after the injury occurred.
While he doesn’t have full movement of his fingers just yet, Xie expects to make a full recovery. That’s truly amazing given the gruesome and serious nature of his injury.
"Inside, we located a typed letter indicating the suspect's intention to commit this horrific act," said Reno police Lt. William Rulla. "We also located other firearms within the residence, as well as notes indicating the suspect's actions during this incident were to be his final actions."
Police said Frazier had a surgery in 2010 and claimed to have adverse symptoms because of it.
But it was not immediately clear if the unspecified procedure was performed at Urology Nevada, the site of the shooting on Tuesday, or if either of the two doctors who were shot had been involved in the operation.
However, police said Frazier made statements at the time of the attack that he was looking for physicians from the office, not patients, police said, citing witness statements.
It's unsettling to think post-surgical complications could have played a role in causing a man (who, according to the story, had no significant run-ins with the law during the 20 or so years he lived in the Reno area) to commit a pre-medicated act of violence against unsuspecting people. And while this story offers a viable explanation for why the incident may have occurred, we're left to wonder what kind of support and treatment Frazier could have received in the months and years following his surgery.