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DIABETIC LIMBS CAN BE SAVED

Late last year, 53-year-old Miguel Hernandez went to the doctor after ulcers started taking over his right foot. Hernandez is diabetic, and the doctor told him that at least part of his foot, if not all of it, would have to be amputated. "I told him, please, try to save it," Hernandez, a restaurant cook, recalled. "I have to work, I have to support my family." The doctor referred Hernandez to Dr. Gabriel Halperin, who runs a podiatry practice out of a narrow sliver of an office tucked between a real estate agency and a Mexican bakery in East Los Angeles.
 
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Dr. Gabriel Halperin (photo: Benjamin Brayfield)
 
 
The practice, called New Hope Podiatry, specializes in limb preservation, and on most days every bed and exam room is taken. In January, doctors from New Hope removed two large chunks of infected tissue from his foot. Seven months later, the wounds are still healing, but Hernandez’s foot remains intact. Halperin said that, in almost every case, the limbs of patients who show up at his office can still be saved.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News. 
 
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