WATERBURY — A patient who received treatment using Waterbury Hospital’s newest surgical robot named the robot TriXi Grace, which refers to the robot’s technical abilities and the name of the maker.

A young patient was facing such life changing odds that she initially refused surgery.

She was referred to Colorectal Surgeon Dr. John Zhang, who in consulting with a multidisciplinary care team, performed the surgery using the newest robot.

While in the operating room and trying to put the patient at ease, a nurse asked the patient what she would name the robot.

She replied “Grace.”

After successful surgery the patient has a dramatically positive outcome compared to what she was facing and is doing well.

The patient was delighted to hear that her name was chosen but wanted to keep her privacy.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical Systems, enables Waterbury Hospital surgeons to perform more complex surgeries as well as routine surgeries with just a few small incisions.

Now, patients can enjoy better outcomes with less recovery time.

TriXi includes a training console used to train the newest generation of surgeons.

This is the second da Vinci Xi Surgical System for Waterbury HEALTH.

Waterbury Hospital’s first surgical robot is named WINDSOR.

Members of the Robotic Steering Committee, surgery department, senior leadership team and support staff participated in an official Christening Ceremony for the robot officiated by Deacon Neil Culhane, director of Pastoral Care Department.

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