DENVER (Colorado) – Hospitals provide medical care for many people. Some hospitals are the reason that some of the most skilled doctors enter the medical field.
So is Dr. Woosik Chung who is the director for Spine Surgery at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center Denver, Colorado.
SmartOR is one of the newer spaces in their facility. This is where Dr. Chung performs all his spine surgeries.
He is the one who infuses the space with the most cutting-edge technologies. He didn’t happen to be there by accident.
Dr. Chung stated, “Growing with a father that was a surgeon, and a mother that was an OR nurse, I know you take it for granted. Unfortunately.”
His story starts when he is three years old. This was South Korea’s most festive holiday.
“I can remember playing hide and seek with my friends. We were probably playing hide and seek. I can recall hiding behind a tractor. I also remember that the hood was either open or closed. The propeller was spinning, and the fan belt attached to it. Dr. Chung stated that I recall hiding behind my tricycle while I was on the move. No one found me, I was bored, and I noticed the propeller turning and thought I could stop it.”
Both hands were cut. Both hands were cleanly shaved.
Dr. Chung stated, “The next thing I recall – my dad holds me and squeezes mine arms. I heard my mom say, I found them.’ She referred to my legs.”
They lived close to the hospital. His father had to intervene as many doctors weren’t at work due to the public holiday.
Dr. Chung stated, “Thanks my parents, my father, and the current power, I was able heal and was again able to use both my hands. It took me a while to understand the meaning of this,” .
Instead of turning out to be a tragedy, it was the beginning of a remarkable career.
“I was curious about the OR, I was curious about what my dad was doing because I knew he had my hand surgery and that’s why I think I wanted to go to his hospital more when we lived in Malawi to see what he’s doing was,” said Dr. Chung. “He was as busy as ever, so the only time I saw him was when he visited me in the hospital. I would run with him while he did his rounds and then I would stop by to look in because he was outside the OR.
These explorations, along with his curiosity, led to him pursuing his goal of venturing into medicine.
Dr. Chung said, “Wow! This is quite rare and it’s a chance that doesn’t come around very often, so perhaps it’s best for me to try to use my hands and help somebody else,”