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Students become surgeon for a day at French Hospital Medical Center

Posted at 11:39 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 14:39:37-04

A local hospital is showing off its newest robotic addition. 

Students got a first-hand look Thursday at the new surgical system when they participated in "Surgeon for a Day."

The innovative da Vinci Xi surgical system will be using technology in minimally-invasive surgeries at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. 


Students trying out the da Vinci robot (Courtesy: Dignity Health Central Coast).

Young kids and high school students got a closer look at how the surgical robot will operate in the future. 

"It was like a video game but not a video game because it could be a real life situation, but when I was doing it, I had butterflies; so it was kind of stressful," said Sterling Haley, a 5th grader at Sinsheimer Elementary. 

The staff at French Hospital hope the new technology will inspire students to wander in the medical and technical fields of study.