Tony Hansberry, at 14 years old, had obviously never been to medical school. That didn’t stop him from advancing medical science, however. For his high school fair project, Hansberry made a new procedure for stitching up patients after surgery.
The issue was a surgical device called the endo stitch, which is typically just used following procedures like hysterectomies. It’s meant to close off the tube where the patient’s uterus was, but often fails to work. Tony came up with something new, which involved sewing patients up with a vertical endo stitch instead of a regular horizontal one.
While it sounds simple, applying a vertical stitch is very difficult because the hand eye coordination levels are too difficult. Tony was the first to find out a way to do it. The doctors were so impressed with the idea that they started testing it on patients. The result? It reduced recovery time, complications, and pain.