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Discover below Réjean’s story, the accident that almost cost him his leg and his fateful encounter with Dr. Bernstein.
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Réjean was hunting with his brother in a remote corner of Abitibi when the accident happened. His brother’s firearm got caught in a branch. The shot fired. Réjean’s tibia and perineum shattered. Amputation seemed unavoidable.
A surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital and a specialist in orthopaedic traumatology, Dr. Bernstein offered Réjean the chance to embark on what he called “his project”: to grow back his leg bone, millimetre by millimetre, using a screw-based device.
Since bone is one of the tissues in the human body that can regenerate, Dr. Bernstein can regrow up to one millimetre of bone every day using prosthetics and surgeries.
Today, Réjean is active again. On his two legs. Thanks to Dr. Bernstein and thanks to you.
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Every year, almost 10,000 trauma victims come to our hospital’s emergency room. Every day, the traumatology teams take on complex cases, which require an exceptional degree of expertise to treat.
The MGH’s Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction Program treats patients coming from all over the province, but also elsewhere in Canada. “There isn’t really another program like the one we have here,” explains Dr. Bernstein.
“We’re the last stop for these patients and we take that very seriously. The MGH is the premier hospital for orthopeadic traumatology in Canada.”