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Health: Student, 14, Develops New Surgical Procedure

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A 14-year-old African-American boy invented a stitching technique that can be used to reduce surgical complications and the chance of errors, according to BlackAmericaWeb.com. Tony Hansberry II, the son of a nurse and a pastor, says it took him a day or two to come up with a new way to perform the endo stitch, used in hysterectomies. He developed the procedure in response to a challenge at a University of Florida internship. In April, the high school freshman presented his findings to a group of doctors and board-certified surgeons at a University of Florida medical conference. Hansberry hopes to become a neurosurgeon.—MB