Live Surgery Performed For High School Students

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Not a teenage eye was starting at a cell phone on Thursday (Dec. 10) as a group of Bentonville High School students watched the pros perform an ACL surgery on a real human leg.

One of the teachers at the high school told us that her biggest challenge is to take the classroom lessons and make them relevant to her students. She said having a real-life operating room on stage really sparked many students' interest to pursue a career in medicine post graduation.

"This is not something that they'll have access to when they go to college," said Kembra Mathis, a sports medicine teacher. "If they get into a program they might get an opportunity but this is, like they are in high school. Who gets this opportunity in a high school setting?"

Christopher Dougherty, who is the head team physician from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Organization for the Kansas City Royals, said it's a unique opportunity for the high school level.

"This is the first time this has been done in Northwest Arkansas," Dougherty said. "I think it's an excellent idea, it's an opportunity for them to gain knowledge they've never seen before, and you can see it on YouTube, but it doesn't really explain why we do it. So, being the first time, I think it was outstanding and I look forward to repeating it."