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Happy birthday to us!
It has been 125 years since the first patient was admitted to Waikato Hospital, on Thursday (17 May).
On this day 125 years ago, the first patient was operated on by candle-light, for a gun-shot injury.
On 17 May 1887, there were no nurses, James J. Daley’s hand had been shattered by the barrel of a gun.
The medical officer Dr George Geils Kenny amputated Daley’s thumb and two fingers, repaired the hand and Daley’s brother stayed to look after him.
He recovered well. (This is a picture of Jim Daley at the 50th anniversary of the hospital, note the two fingers on his left hand – this picture is available in full resolution)
Date: 19 May 2012
Mary Anne Gill
Waikato District Health Board
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