Lifewatch: Using twitter during surgery

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - A mother brought her child from Mongolia to Kansas City so he could be treated for severe burns.  A surgical staff used twitter for the first time during his pediatric plastic surgery.

Twittering while operating means that as the surgeon works, the staff typed real-time updates, which could reach a concerned family on the other side of the world.

"The family came here to get this surgery done because no one in their country could perform the surgery," said Jessica Salazar with Children's Mercy Hospital.

Basca Tugsgerel found Children's Mercy Hospital by using a computer.  It was an answer to her prayers for her 10-year-old son, Anand, who was severely burned by fireworks.

Now, besides the sounds of a prayer you can hear a tweet.

"Twitter is a social networking site and anybody can follow Twitter," said Salzar.  "We have over 800 people following our Children's Mercy Twitter page."

Tugsgerel brought her daughter to Kansas City, but her husband is in Mongolia.  With twitter, he - and everyone else - is able to follow Anand's surgery.

The family said it was okay to all of the hospital's twitter followers to follow along.

Anand's surgery went well.  The family expects to be in Kansas City for about three months.  He'll undergo more surgeries to help him heal.

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