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Cancer Patient Becomes Doc

Posted by medliorator on January 24, 2009

“I wanted to work next to Dr. Mott and I wanted to train with him,” said Banka, a 28-year-old second-year oncology resident at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. “We have a very special relationship.”

That relationship started in 1993 when a 12-year-old Banka was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right knee.

Mott and his former partner performed the surgery, removing the cancerous bone and replacing Banka’s knee with a prosthetic.

Mott continued to treat his patient throughout high school, college, and even periodically while Banka attended medical school at Michigan State University.

Shortly after Banka joined Henry Ford, Mott transferred to the hospital. They now work together occasionally.

“Going through this, I saw the ability the physicians had with, not only saving my life, but to give my life back,”

Doctor, former patient now colleagues in Detroit [Yahoo News]

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