Philbin, Seymour tell how medical innovations helped them

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- Regis Philbin and Jane Seymour are linked by an appreciation for innovations in medical technology.

Philbin says the advancements have helped his son, who's been in a wheelchair since birth. He says lifting up Danny's wheelchair 40 years ago was like lifting "a barbell." Now, he says "it's lightweight and easier for him to get around in."

Seymour needed emergency laparoscopic surgery for a severe herniated disc five years ago. She says she was back to work in five days. Her doctor tells her that surgery is already "old-fashioned," and now, they use "such a tiny hole you don't even know you had the surgery."

Before attending a Capitol Hill briefing by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, Philbin visited injured troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He arrived only hours after an armed security guard fired at least ten shots at another guard during an argument there.


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