EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A family in El Paso is the grateful recipient of a life-changing surgery.
Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso received a $ 50,000 gift from the Melinda and Meyer Marcus Family Foundation that will go to the Pediatric Surgery Excellence Fund at the Texas Tech University Center for Health Sciences.
The generous gift was made through the Foundation’s fund with the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, which also comes from a special place in the heart.
The gift was made in honor of the care received by “Supa” Luca Martinez, who is the grandson of Melinda and Meyer Marcus, and son of Mila and Carlos Martinez, throughout a life-changing surgery in early ‘this year.
“Supa” Luca was born with a duplication of the thumb in his left hand, a condition called preaxial polydactyly.
She was scheduled for surgery in Dallas, but her mother was worried about the complications of the procedure according to travel and COVID-19 precautions. He relied on a family friend and doctor who suggested exploring other surgical options with a new surgeon in the region, Shawn Diamond, MD
“I chose to move my surgical career to El Paso because of family, but I wanted to be sure I could practice at a health science center that would provide the level of care that is expected of any world-class institution. I quickly learned that TTUHSC El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso face any team across the country, ”said Diamond.“ My wife is the fourth generation of El Pasoan, and it’s an honor to bring my surgical experience in Borderland, El Paso is at home “.
Diamond is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at TTUHSC El Paso, specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery at TTP El Paso. He graduated from medical school at Cornell University and then completed his training in general surgery in Santa Barbara, California.
He later joined the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency, where he received the resident professor of the year award in 2019. In addition, Diamond served on the Plastic Surgery Executive Committee before being recruited to TTUHSC El Paso .
In addition, Diamond completed a hand training and subspecialty microsurgery fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.
The Martinez family was delighted with the news that a Diamond-caliber surgeon is practicing in El Paso.
The moment and the opportunity seemed kismet.
“My late father-in-law, Dr. Luis Carlos Martinez, was a well-known cardiovascular surgeon in El Paso, and therefore, as the son of a surgeon, my husband grew up understanding the importance of access to great care. medical. system at home, “Mila Martinez said.” I, on the other hand, like most others who didn’t grow up with a doctor at home, unfortunately didn’t understand it so carefully, until our family needed it. ”
“Supa” Luca’s surgery was successfully completed in early 2021, with the family, the surgeon and, above all, the patient excited by the result.
The family says the Foundation’s gift to TTUHSC El Paso is an expression of their gratitude and a way to pay for future patients.
“It’s important for our community to know that not only do we have amazing, well-sought-after specialists locally, but we have equally impressive facilities. Gone are the days when specialized surgery had to be done away from home. , thanks to the persistent recruitment and years of hard work of TTUHSC El Paso and its partners, “said Martínez.” Our family is grateful for the work that has been done and continues to be done so that local families can have exceptional sanitary ware at home. We also want to thank Dr. Diamond to give our little Luca the most beautiful and functional thumb “.
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