World First: Woman Has Tumour On Lung Removed By a Robot

da-vinci-surgical-robot-1For the first time in UK history, a 27 year old Darlington resident’s lung tumor was successfully removed with the aid of the Da Vinci robot, which carried out the delicate stitching required for the procedure.

Gemma Walker, who was complaining of shortness of breath while she was 14 weeks pregnant, was found to have a tumor in her lung. Doctors from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough had to wait until she gave birth before attempting to remove the carcinoid tumor, after which she was placed under a cardiothoracic consultant, Joel Dunning.

“I had got to the stage whenever I made physical effort like climbing the stairs I was seriously out of breath. I knew something had to be done,” Walker stated.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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