In October 2018, doctors in Israel were startled to discover a small hole in their wall.
A small piece of plaster had been accidentally punctured.
A few days later, a new hole was discovered and a third.
Dr. Stephen Vincent was one of the doctors at a hospital in Israel who saw the wounds.
He and other doctors were stunned.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is a miracle,'” Vincent says.
“There’s nothing like this in my whole life.
It was amazing.”
In February 2019, Vincent was on his way to his doctorate at Tel Aviv University, where he planned to begin his postdoctoral training.
His heart was pounding and he was feeling tired.
He knew it was time to leave the hospital.
“It’s like a miracle, it’s a miracle that a doctor did this,” Vincent says of his discovery.
“And the doctors were just so surprised that they were able to find this hole in the wall.
They were shocked, too.”
“It was so unexpected,” Vincent continued.
“That was the beginning of my career.”
He says that his experience with the hospital was “the best in my entire life,” but that it wasn’t the only time his career changed in the hospital or in his field.
“The doctors were so excited, they were so surprised.
They thought I was crazy.
They said I must have made this mistake,” Vincent explains.
“But then they came to me, and they said, ‘You must be kidding.’
I said, no, I’m telling you, it is happening, it happened in the same hospital.”
Vincent was among the doctors who saw a second hole in a hospital wall in January 2019, in the middle of a new operation to repair the hole in his arm.
He was shocked.
“They told me it was a miracle,” he says.
Doctors were shocked that someone could have created the hole.
The doctors told Vincent that the hole was a result of a previous surgical procedure.
“We were shocked,” Vincent recalls.
“So they asked me if I had a question, and I said: ‘Yes, why are you shocked?'”
The doctors asked him what the hole looked like and what was the purpose of it.
“In the beginning, I said that it’s something that can be cured,” Vincent said.
“When I told them I didn’t have a good answer, they started laughing.
After the surgery, the hole grew larger, and doctors said they didn’t know why.
It looked like a piece of cement, and there was a scar on the wall next to the hole, which Vincent described as a “giant scar.”
But when doctors tried to get to the root of the problem, they discovered that the wall was actually the same wall they were using as a makeshift toilet.
The scar was gone.
The hole was gone, too.
Vincent says that doctors and nurses were relieved, and that he has “the feeling that everything will be fine.”
Vincent says he and other Israelis were so shocked that they couldn’t sleep and they were scared to go outside for fear of getting injured.
“At first, I was very afraid to walk outside because I thought I might be hurt,” Vincent remembers.
“Then I started to walk, and all the doctors and doctors who work at the hospital were so happy.”
Vincent said he had to take a break from his medical career.
But he continued to work.
“After I took a break, I got an opportunity to come back to the hospital to work,” Vincent recalled.
“What I learned was that I’m not alone in this world, and the doctors are working on this issue as well.”
He continued to treat patients in the Israeli hospitals, and is now an orthopedic surgeon and a researcher.
He hopes to continue his work in orthopedics.
“If I can help others, I’ll go to other hospitals and try to make sure that patients are treated in the best way,” Vincent tells The Jerusalem Sun.
“Otherwise, it won’t work.”