US Science Students Watch Virtual Transplant Surgery In Benjamin Hall

Upper School biology students had the unique opportunity to witness a kidney transplant during a surgery broadcast in Benjamin Hall. The in-house field trip for students in Human Systems Biology, AP Biology, and Biotech classes, featured a virtual host walking the students through a recording of the entire procedure of the transplant from a mother to her son.
Science teacher Amanda Pierman ‘97 said there was a patient complication that prevented students from seeing a live kidney transplant, but the group was able to still ask questions regarding the transplant and did not experience any significant setbacks other than not being able to speak directly with the surgeon. 
“This is the first time that most of the students have seen a live virtual surgery,” said Pierman. 
Before the surgery commenced, the hosts spoke about the importance of organ donation - both as a living donor and as a deceased donor. 
“What surprised me was that less than 1 percent of all deaths in a hospital can actually be candidates for organ donation,” Pierman said. “There are so many people waiting for organs and tissues that the need for awareness and education about organ donation is of paramount importance.”
Upper School science teacher Katie Chellemi, whose students also attended the virtual surgery, said the experience was an amazing opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. 
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