Name that robot

April 1, 2015

Eighth graders from Robert L. Vale Middle School in San Antonio watch as classmate Kevin Paulino (not pictured) manipulates the da Vinci Surgical System armature at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Westover Hills. Paulino won the invitation to the San Antonio hospital for his science class in a "name the surgical robot" contest. His entry, SARAH, short for Surgical Attendant Robot And Helper, was chosen from dozens of entries. The class met with a surgical team on Feb. 27, and students were able to control the robot's fine motor movements and attempt to place candy and wrappers into some plastic cups. A surgeon had used the robot about a half hour earlier during a minimally invasive hernia operation.

Copyright © 2015 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States
For reprint permission, contact Betty Crosby or call (314) 253-3477.