After a hand injury convinced local musician Joryn John Brown that he would never play guitar again, Ronald Bergman of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery was able to perform a surgery that will let Brown play fully again.
Brown, a Des Moines resident, has been creating music since he was just two years old and now, at 20-years-old, is a part of five different bands. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, Brown set out to rehearse with one of these bands but had to track through seven inches of snow that a storm had brought to Des Moines. Carrying a massive guitar amp over ice and snow caused Brown to slip and fall, with the amp crushing his ring finger and pinky finger. When Brown saw the extent of the damage, he believed it was too severe to ever allow him the use of his left hand, ruining his guitar-playing abilities.
When the ambulance arrived, he was immediately taken to Mercy Medical Center where he came under the care of Dr. Bergman. Bergman performed a procedure in which he inserted both fingers back into place and put the whole hand in a cast, a surgery he has been performing for over 40 years. In just a few weeks, Bergman will be able to remove the cast and with time and physical therapy, Brown will be able to play the guitar again. “He was very reassuring through the whole thing,” Brown said of Bergman, “He’s the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to these kinds of injuries.”