A Grade 12 student from Holy Heart High School is riding high after winning “Best of Fair” at Husky Energy’s Eastern Newfoundland Science Fair over the weekend.
18-year-old Nora Boone took home the prize for her project she calls “It’s only brain surgery,” a simulation tool to help train non-neurosurgeons perform emergency brain surgery.
Boone says the idea came as a response to the problems Newfoundland and Labrador faces with timely head injury intervention.
“Here in Newfoundland and Labrador we actually have the highest proportion of provincial populations in Canada living outside a one-hour transport time to a trauma centre,” she said.
“Outcomes from serious head injuries requiring surgery are highly dependent on timely intervention, so generally the longer the time to treatment the worse the outcome.”
Boone teamed up with Memorial University’s medical school to put together the training tool which was made with a 3D printer.
Boone says the tool teaches non-neurosurgeons how to perform emergency craniotomies in rural parts of the province.
“This tool is basically geared towards general surgeons living in rural communities so they can practice on a simulation in order to be able to perform a craniotomy in an emergency situation,” said Boone.
Boone, along with five other students from eastern Newfoundland are going to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina, Saskatchewan this May.