Uniontown Area High School students observe open-heart surgery
A group of students from Uniontown Area High School took a field trip to Pittsburgh to observe open-heart surgery.
Fifteen students in Jodie Wells' gifted student program made the journey to Allegheny General Hospital to observe a four-hour double-bypass surgery.
Sitting just above the operation in the observation room, the students were able to witness the entire procedure.
"It was a great experience," student Caileigh Carei said, "we got to see what it was really like."
Wells said she heard of the surgery trip opportunities from a fellow teacher and thought that the prospect of taking the students to observe an actual procedure would be an exciting opportunity to offer them.
"It was a wonderful experience for them," Wells said. "I had heard about this last year and I called in May to see if we could set something up."
The double bypass surgery was preformed by Stephen Bailey, who was assisted by a team of about 12 people.
The surgeon and his team removed a section of a vein from the patient's leg that was then used in the procedure.
"It was really interesting and it was way worth it," said student Joe Gentilcore, who hopes to one day become a surgeon. "I think that the experience added even more interest for me."
"I had heard about other schools that did this and I was excited that we were able to go," student Erik Klatt said, "it was pretty cool to see a surgery. It was very detailed and it was interesting to watch."
For some students, the experience hit closer to home, giving them a glimpse into what some of their loved ones have endured.
"I really wanted to go because I have family members who have had the surgery," said Cody Maust. "It was really interesting to experience."
Wells said that she was thrilled with the experience and hopes to make the trip an annual event for her students.
"I really thought that it would be a great opportunity," student Daniella Risha said. "Not many people get the chance to see something like that. We could see the heart pumping the entire time. It was really interesting to be able to see something like that firsthand and I think that it is amazing to see how far we have come in technology."
The trip was made possible by the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man accused in crash that killed Export driver rejects plea offer
- Man says fall cost him a leg, sues auto shop
- Bike Fest returns to Yough Park
- Connellsville Recreation Board revives Tangled Up in Brew
- Former Fayette prison worker files suit in attack
- New York man pleads guilty in Nemacolin incident
- Fayette County commissioner Zapotosky upholds promise, won’t seek 3rd term
- Inaugural Geibel STEM camp gives pupils interactive, fun science experience
- Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices
- We’re only a week away from the start of the Dawson Grange fair
- Show on stilts comes to Connellsville