NCVH Changes Surgeon’s Outlook, Saves Limbs, read more on page 4
Every healthcare professional has one patient who has left a lasting mark—someone they will never forget.
NCVH Chairman Craig Walker, MD, has spoken about a patient who said he had purchased a gun and was planning to take his own life if there couldn’t be some resolution to his severe leg pain due to ischemia. Dr. Walker did treat him, and he lived 12 additional years.
For Claude Minor, MD, that patient is a 16-year-old girl. In 2003, he performed a bilateral above-the-knee amputation on her, due to complications from renal failure. Shortly after the surgery, depression set in, and she died six months later. Dr. Minor, a father of five, said this case still gets him choked up.
He told himself at that time, “There had to be a better way.” Shortly afterwards, he came across a flyer for a vascular conference in New Orleans, and thought he’d check it out. “I walked into NCVH and here was Dr. Walker talking about limb salvage, balloons and stents,” he said….
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