John and Sarah

Speed Dating, Orthopaedic Style

The Positive Side of Two Broken Arms: Building a Relationship in a Medical Setting

The weekend riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) at a friend’s house didn’t go as planned for John and Sarah. But it did have lasting impact. Sarah and John had been dating only a few weeks when an ATV accident sent them both to the emergency room. Repairing their injuries kept them taking care of each other.

“We were riding in a wooded area when our ATV hit a bump and flipped,” Sarah said. “My wrists slammed against the handle bars. The ATV landed on John and snapped his forearm.”

Their friends rushed them to the emergency room where x-rays confirmed that both Sarah and John had fractured their forearms. The emergency room physician advised them to follow up with an experienced upper extremity specialist when they returned home. After doing some research, John and Sarah scheduled appointments to see Samuel Kline, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with AOS who specializes in upper extremity injuries.

When John and Sarah met Dr. Kline for the first time, they were eager to share their story. “They came in together laughing about their luck. I reviewed their x-rays and told each of them that their fractures would require surgical repair,” Kline said. “We got them scheduled for surgery later that week.”

“I’m self-employed and a hairstylist. Quickly restoring normal function to my arm was very important to me,” Sarah said. “It was a big relief that Dr. Kline made things happen so quickly.”

“A few days before surgery, we even got a call from the surgery center. They had heard our story and asked if we would be willing to share a recovery room,” Sarah reported. “After talking with John, we agreed.”

“Looking back at our story, the start of our relationship has definitely been an adventure,” John and Sarah remarked.

Dr. Kline is continuing to monitor their recovery with follow up visits. “They’re healing really well,” Kline said. “I’m glad I was able to help.”

To commemorate their unique journey together, Dr. Kline helped them take a special picture together, arm and arm.