We're really happy to welcome Mizzou junior Kasia Kerridge to the Mountain Time Media team as an intern this summer! She'll be blogging throughout the next couple of months, sharing her experiences and the things she'll be working on as she gains experience in her upcoming career in broadcast journalism. Please welcome Kasia to the Mountain Time Media team!
You can reach her at: email@example.com. - Steffan
[... and we screwed up pronouncing her name for months. Thank goodness she corrected us: it isn't ka-SEE-uh... but CAWSH-uh. Doh!]
KASIA KERRIDGE - BLOG POST #1
Hello everyone - My name is Kasia Kerridge, a junior at the University of Missouri studying broadcast journalism. I am originally from Highlands Ranch and am so happy to join the team this summer. Today marks the end of my first week into my internship with Mountain Time Media. This past Thursday, I shadowed the team on my first on-location story assignment and learned about some of the newest hospital technology.
What made this a special and unique story was the doctor-patient relationship and what brought them together: the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. It’s a computer-enhanced system that allows for extremely delicate surgery with small incisions. It’s basically a $2 million octopus-looking robot. We met Dr. Anthony J Canfield of Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. Canfield served 16 years in the United States Army, while his patient - Steven Johnson – served in the United States Navy for 25 years.
Johnson was a frustrated patient when he met Canfield earlier this year after six failed hernia surgeries. He had almost given up hope when he discovered the robot and its amazing capabilities.
Doctors obviously try to take care of as many patients as possible – but there is a special connection when both the doctor and patient are veterans. Canfield admitted he has a soft spot for veteran patients.
“I’m really proud to take care of our servicemen, their dependents and active duty troops,” said Canfield.
Johnson agreed when he said, “We are one team, one country,” after Canfield successfully performed Johnson’s seventh hernia surgery. A week later, Johnson rode 53 miles on his bike, pain-free.
While Canfield is confident Johnson will not get another hernia, both veterans found a special connection through the robotic surgery. To hear the story, tune into The American Veteran Show – it’ll air mid June. - Kasia