BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. — A combination of energy and willpower is driving Dr. Jesus Jimenez on his street to restoration.
The lengthy two-year journey remains to be not over after a critical automobile crash in South Carolina shattered a lot of his decrease left leg.
Jimenez is a vascular surgeon at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Seaside.
As a vascular surgeon, Jimenez usually treats sufferers with diabetes or peripheral vascular illness or different situations which have the potential of resulting in foot or leg amputations.
Nonetheless, in September 2020, Jimenez was advised he could should face an amputation himself.
“I save lives and assist folks hold their legs,” he mentioned. “So, to search out myself on this position reversal of being in a trauma hospital and me being the affected person was fairly intense.”
After the primary emergency surgical procedure in Charleston, Jimenez made a telephone name to longtime colleague and buddy Dr. Julio Ortiz. Ortiz is director of the foot and ankle surgical procedure residency at Bethesda Hospital.
“Dr. Jimenez has all the time been in some ways a mentor and nearly like a giant brother,” mentioned Ortiz.
Ortiz has been taking up the crucial job of performing a collection of limb-saving surgical procedures on Jimenez.
“Research present that inside a five-year interval of somebody dropping their limb, due to the surplus workload on their coronary heart, there is a excessive threat of mortality,” mentioned Ortiz. “If we are able to save the limb, we are able to usually save their life.”
Jimenez stays optimistic, regardless of the lengthy restoration that also lies forward.
“Eight operations, and it seems like I’m going to want two extra, which will probably be performed on the Bethesda,” mentioned Jimenez.
The subsequent surgical procedure for Jimenez will almost certainly be a complete ankle joint substitute by which a broken part of ankle joint is changed with a joint substitute implant.