Iraq Star: A New Life
While on duty in Iraq, Randy, 23, lost his right eye and part of his right leg as a result of a bomb explosion.
"I was driving down a main road in Iraq when our truck got hit by an IED [improvised explosive device], and it sent shrapnel to [my] face and severed my leg," Randy says. "Every day I wake up thinking I'm waking up from a nightmare."
The Dr. Phil Show surprised Randy with the news that the Iraq Star Foundation and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Michael Groth will give him the reconstructive surgery needed to repair his eye. The Iraq Star Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing necessary reconstructive surgeries to assist war veterans recovering from physical and mental injuries.
Dr. Groth describes the intricate surgery, which entails replacing the volume in the eye's orbit and inserting a life-like artificial eye implant. Go inside the operating room with Dr. Groth and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon to see the amazing procedure.
Meredith, 29, has experienced health problems, such as severe back pain, due to her size E chest. To help alleviate her pain, plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker performs a laser bra surgery.
The procedure creates an internal brassiere made from excess skin and preserves and maintains the blood supply to the nipple and areola so Meredith will have nipple sensation and be able to breastfeed in the future.
Rich, the executive in charge of The Doctors, is a Vietnam veteran and has shrapnel embedded in his leg from a grenade attack that occurred in 1968. Even though most of the debris was removed, recently pieces of metal have resurfaced to the top of his skin.
"It's been visible for a couple of years, and then it just kept getting closer to the surface, to the point where it was irritating me if I touched it or slept on my right side," Rich says.
"Most foreign bodies, whether it's a small splinter, a piece of wood, or in Rich's case, shrapnel, and even bullets a lot of times, we'll leave those in the patient," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "Your body will form inflammation around that foreign body and nothing happens. But in some cases, if something gets under your skin, and you see redness, it's painful, it's irritated or if any sort of puss comes out of it, then you've got to worry that it's infected, and it needs to come out under professional guidance."