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09-25-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Medical marvel ... the ping pong ball inside Mackenzie's body.

IT costs as little as $2 and until now has been considered little more than a toy, but a simple ping-pong ball is keeping liver transplant patient Mackenzie Argaet alive.

In a world first, a Sydney surgeon has used the radical method in a transplant operation, which has won him international accolades.

Dr Albert Shun, from The Children's Hospital at Westmead, used the unorthodox approach when confronted with a medical problem while operating on the two-year-old.
More @ How a $2 toy ball saved a little girl&squo;s life | The Daily Telegraph
 
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wow that's really itneresting and quick thinking on that doctor's part
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That was interesting. I was expecting something more of free publicity for a certain toy.
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theres no other alternative out there other then a ping pong ball .-.?
 
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That's just amazing. Who would've thought something as simple as a ping pong ball could save a life...
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theres no other alternative out there other then a ping pong ball .-.?
He just happened to have heard about ping pong balls being used in other surgeries I guess.
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I though ping pong balls cost 25 cents (I like buy em for that in coin machines~)
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It's kinda cool if you think about it~
 
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it probably has a brand name of Nitaku or Butterfly
since those are the more durable brands out there which costs 2 bucks each D;
it's really an innovative approach to surgery
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He just happened to have heard about ping pong balls being used in other surgeries I guess.
i worded it wrong,
i meant,if this has been known to help,
shouldnt someone of made a more medical device other then ping pong balls?
but it works well,and its in rare instances so i guess theres none need /=
 
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Wow, I never knew this could be a miracle and my toe hurts after reading this for some reason.
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I just wanna know 2 things.... did he know from the start that the ping pong ball would be needed, or did he et inside and think "DAMN, I NEED A PINGPONG BALL!"
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If it's infact the latter, what the hell was he doing with a ping pong ball in the surgery room? Does the surgery table double as a ping pong table when there are no patients?

OOH, ANOTHE QUESTION
HOW THE Hell do you steralize a ping pong ball?
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I'm more concerned about the body dealing with a foreign object inside it. Will the immune system try to destroy it? Thus leading to trace chemicals from the ping pong ball to scatter all over the body?
 
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I just wanna know 2 things.... did he know from the start that the ping pong ball would be needed, or did he et inside and think "DAMN, I NEED A PINGPONG BALL!"
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If it's infact the latter, what the hell was he doing with a ping pong ball in the surgery room? Does the surgery table double as a ping pong table when there are no patients?

OOH, ANOTHE QUESTION
HOW THE Hell do you steralize a ping pong ball?
if you went and read it it said he called his wife to go out and buy em =___=
 
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He did say the liver would grow around the ball. And I think the good doctor would've washed the ball a few times before inserting it first. It's just plastic, I think.
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It's only foreign if it has antigens. I'm also sure they're smart enough to know that everything has to be sterilized.
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