Elementary School Classroom Moves to Hospital
Kids aren't the only ones seeing new things on field trips--chaperone's pick up a thing or two.
Every day, surgeons at North Florida Regional Medical Center use robots in the operating room, and on Thursday, a group of gifted fourth graders from Lawton Chiles Elementary School got to do the same thing.
"It was easier than I thought...I thought it was going to be like a video game," said Shelly Scott, a chaperone on the trip.
Her son, Liam removed a butterfly from a stomach with a Da Vinci surgery robot.
"Sounds kind of strange...I was worried that it might not be as precise as the doctor," she said.
A concern doctors say, is very common.
"I have patients that come into my office that say- 'but I don't want robot doing my surgery Dr. Ripley, I want you to do it,' we are basically just utilizing equipment that makes me perform a better surgery- but we're still completely in control of the robot," said Dr. Daylene Ripley, a Gynecologic Oncologist.
Ripley hopes the school trip inspires future doctors.
"Gives the kids a chance to see technology and see how it impacts patient care, and it will continue to change" she said.
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