On December 7 2013 I met Dr Popkin and his staff. I was at my hockey game in upstate new York on December 6 2013 when I was slashed by a player with his stick. I was able to see Dr Popkin the next day where he told me that my right forearm was shattered and that I needed surgery right away to correct the problem. On December 9 2013 I had surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr Popkin repaired my arm with 7 screws and a metal plate. I had a cast from my shoulder to my fingers but was still able to play my video games. Which I later found out from Dr Popkin was like therapy for my arm. After a couple of weeks my cast was removed and was as good as new just in time for me to play pond hockey in February, Dr Popkin was a little worried but I promised to be careful. On April 12-15 it was try outs for my Spring – Summer Travel team and thanks to Dr Popkin and especially, Danielle, his athletic trainer, I was able to try out and made the team. For that whole season I had no problems with my forearm.
"It is my genuine belief that Dr. Jobin’s care and talent saved my left arm from permanent disability."
In late May 2014, while traveling in Amsterdam, I had an accident where I fell off a bicycle and landed on the ground on my left arm. We managed to get to the local hospital emergency room and were informed by the ER doctor that I had severely fractured both bones in my left forearm including the elbow joint. They recommended surgery which could be completed in Amsterdam or back in the US. We opted for treatment in the US due to insurance coverage.
Ten little fingers and ten little toes. That’s what you’re supposed to check for when your baby is born. I thought this was just a cute saying – until my son, Luke, was born. Technically, he did have ten little fingers and ten little toes. But his left hand was extremely under-developed…
When carpal tunnel syndrome made use of his right hand extremely painful and difficult, Laurence, an artist and an architect, was prevented him from living life to the fullest. He credits Dr. Kumar Kadiyala, whom he calls "the magician," with helping him regain use of his dominant hand.