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Here’s how you can play with surgical robots

Tuesday morning, I got to play with a surgical robot, which was really cool because I just had two surgeries that used a four-armed robot. I had a colon resection and a hernia surgery. So I went from being a patient to doctor. You sit down and you use your hands and feet to manipulate the tools and camera. You look into a "Star Trek Spock-looking" microscope and a 3-D image guides you. Dr. James J. Goad, chief of surgery at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, said that recovery times are faster if they use the robots because it's less invasive. You can try it out, too! HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is hosting its second annual Robotics Night at the hospital on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The community will be able to go from patient to "doctor" as they get a hands-on try at the surgical r...

Family shares final moments before freediver disappeared

Loved ones of freediver Virgil Price III are reflecting on his passing. The 39-year-old West Palm Beach native disappeared during a dive on Mother's Day and never resurfaced. "He had such a passion from a young age for the ocean. He taught me how to surf over there," said his younger sister, Brit Drozda. "I mean, it's just, his soul is out there. Whenever I come out here, I feel like I can talk to him." She said she's been at the beach every day since her brother disappeared, praying for answers. "Have you found it difficult to grieve not having his body with you?" asked WPTV reporter Joel Lopez. "Yes and no. The mystery of it all is all-consuming," said Drozda. "Even if we found him at this point, if we found his body, it'd go right back out there. That's where he would want to be." Famil...

Here’s how you can play with surgical robots

Tuesday morning, I got to play with a surgical robot, which was really cool because I just had two surgeries that used a four-armed robot. I had a colon resection and a hernia surgery. So I went from being a patient to doctor. You sit down and you use your hands and feet to manipulate the tools and camera. You look into a "Star Trek Spock-looking" microscope and a 3-D image guides you. Dr. James J. Goad, chief of surgery at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, said that recovery times are faster if they use the robots because it's less invasive. You can try it out, too! HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is hosting its second annual Robotics Night at the hospital on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The community will be able to go from patient to "doctor" as they get a hands-on try at the surgical r...

“We’re looking for it” Mayor and City commissioners don’t know solution after string of Fort Pierce shootings

Members of Fort Pierces City Commission said it didnt know of potential solutions to the recent episode of gun violence in the city over the weekend. The Fort Pierce Police Department said three people, one killed in a gunfight with police, died after a series of shootings in a three-block area in the city on Saturday. Officials announced another drive-by shooting close to those shootings on Monday afternoon caused property damage, but injured nobody. The city released a statement over the shooting Monday saying it was sad about the shooting saying its thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Together, we are stronger. Together, we will heal, it read. WPTV went to the commission meeting to understand council members solutions and current efforts to address gun violence...