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August 19, 2009
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Miami officer gets surgery in patrol car after crash

By Jose Pagliery
Miami Herald

MIAMI, Fla. — A predawn crash Tuesday on the Don Shula Expressway left a Miami police officer trapped in his car with a sign pole piercing his leg.

The crash, which happened just north of Kendall Drive, occurred when Officer Rolando Rodriguez lost control of his patrol car while driving south on wet roadways, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Pat Santangelo.

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The injury, along with the complication of getting Rodriguez out of his cruiser, led paramedics to do something unusual: Instead of immediately putting him on a helicopter to the hospital, they flew a surgeon to him.

The procedure worked. Rodriguez is now recuperating at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to Dr. Louis R. Pizano, the surgeon who performed the operation.

Read full story: Surgery at crash scene rescues trapped Miami police officer



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