News : 2013 : November

Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., center, talks about the historic nerve graft surgery performed on Danielle Press, far left, who is seated with her parents, Charles Press and Lourdes Mangas, as Gabriel Ruiz, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, and Fernando Vilella, M.D., assistant professor of orthoapedics, look on.

Surgeons Perform World’s First Nerve Graft to Repair Peripheral Nerve Injury

When Danielle Press went boating off Key Biscayne the afternoon of September 14, she didn’t realize she would be severely injured in a boating accident and make medical history. One month after being rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, surgeons from the Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital performed the world’s first nerve graft using a combination of Press’ own nerve and Schwann cells.

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