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Hey, Where's That Guy In A Wheelchair Going? Oh, You Know... Just To Do The Unthinkable.

FEBRUARY 5, 2014  —  By Sara Heddleston  
Sara Heddleston

Sara Heddleston

Sara has been working and writing online for so many years, she's unsure if she is still in corporeal form. She considers herself a jack of all trades, but would prefer it if you would stop calling her "Jack."

When you think of someone performing surgery, you probably imagine doctors leaning over patients on an operating table. But what if those doctors couldn't stand at all? Dr. Ted Rummel is a celebrated surgeon, but there is something amiss with this doctor. When he operates on his patients, he is strapped upright to a cart. He looks like Hannibal Lecter, but he is still saving lives. The reason for the restraint isn't because he isn't trusted. It's because he's paralyzed and can't stand on his own.

If you saw your doctor get wheeled in on a cart, you might lose some faith in him.

If you saw your doctor get wheeled in on a cart, you might lose some faith in him.

After all, how can someone who is paralyzed operate on another person?

After all, how can someone who is paralyzed operate on another person?

Dr. Ted Rummel found a way to do it.

Dr. Ted Rummel found a way to do it.

He was paralyzed in 2010, long after he became a surgeon.

He was paralyzed in 2010, long after he became a surgeon.

He decided to still help people.

He decided to still help people.

He operates while using a standing wheelchair.

He operates while using a standing wheelchair.

His patients often rave about his genius, personality and bedside manner.

His patients often rave about his genius, personality and bedside manner.

They don't even mention that he is in a wheelchair.

They don't even mention that he is in a wheelchair.

He can perform surgeries on hands, elbows, feet, knees and ankles in his sitting wheelchair.

He can perform surgeries on hands, elbows, feet, knees and ankles in his sitting wheelchair.

To operate on shoulders, he uses the standing chair.

To operate on shoulders, he uses the standing chair.

Don't judge a book by its cover and don't judge Dr. Rummel. He may be paralyzed, but he isn't incompetent. In fact, it's quite possible that his limitations allow him to focus on his career. He is an inspiration. Share his awesome story with others by clicking on the link below.

 

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