Kate is a 29 year old, 2nd year medical student. She lives and studies in the state of Idaho in the United States. Kate's medical specialty is orthopedics. She claims to have broken 17 bones in her short life including breaking her leg - and learning to walk again - 4 times.
In February of this year, Kate broke her 17th bone. She was rock climbing and took a spill. Her leg and ankle was broken. Kate is an avid athlete. She rock climbs, surfs, and races bicycles.
Kate was placed in a boot until surgery could be performed.
Surgery was performed 9 days after the accident. Being a medical student, Kate seemed outwardly unconcerned about the outcome of surgery.
Following surgery, Kate was place in a comfy pink cast that showed off her pretty toes.
When you have broken 17 bones, casts are a way of life to a free spirited woman like Kate. Last year she broke her arm and ruined tendons in a skating accident.
Kate's love of the outdoors is obvious to all. She lives for physical danger and sees injuries as a minor inconvenience.
Kate claims that she did not want to become a doctor because of the 17 bones she has broken. Rather, it is the order and harmony that orthopedics provides that appeals to Kate. 'Patients can have a badly broken leg one minute and 3 hours later they are perfectly good to go.' Kate said on social media.
Kate also discussed the role of power tools, saws, and mallets in the orthopedic field as playing a part in her interest in becoming an orthopedic surgeon. When she was 10 years old, she was hit by a car and suffered a displaced femur fracture. The 10 year old Kate insisted on staying awake when the traction pin was inserted just above her knee. She wanted to see what they were going to do with the electric drill.
For those of you not familiar with the traction pin insertion process, here a video that records the initial phase of the process. The poor victim in the video is not Dr. Kate but an overweight roller derby queen. The process is horribly painful even if the patient is heavily drugged. You can here this poor woman moaning even after a massive dose of Demerol. 10 year old Kate's curiosity apparently over shadowed her pain she must have experienced.
If you would like to see the complete traction apparatus set-up process, click HERE.
In conclusion, I am sure this is not the last we will see of medical student Kate. The woman breaks bones at the rate of 1 every 18 months. Stayed tuned for the next chapter in her story.