The end is nigh for a man who suffered so much trauma and so many surgeries during his life that he could barely walk.
Dr. James C. Thomas Jr., 66, was a skilled and caring surgeon who cared for people in hospitals and emergency rooms.
But in the wake of a brutal, botched surgery in March of this year, he was rushed to the hospital for an operation to remove a malignant tumor from his stomach.
He was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy, a round of radiation, and a round and a half of surgery to remove the tumor.
Dr., Jr. is a decorated surgeon, who had his own specialties, including the transplantation of kidney tissue from the liver.
He also had an extensive network of fellow surgeons and nurses, who cared deeply for him.
Thomas was an all-American with a long list of awards, including a National Medal of Science, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Medal of Honor.
He earned his doctorate in surgery at Johns Hopkins University and also had a fellowship at Johns.
Now, his family is looking forward to a return to work, which will mean a change in the way he treats his body and his body heals itself.
“I was always pretty strong in the face of things, but now I’m really going to start putting on my gloves,” Thomas said.
“Now I’m going to go out there and I’m gonna get back to doing what I love doing.”
Thomas has worked in the trauma centers of Philadelphia and New York City, but he is returning to work after years of surgeries and treatment that left him unable to walk or even talk.
Thomas’ experience in the operating room changed him for the better.
“It’s so amazing to see people come back from such horrific situations,” said his daughter, Mary Thomas.
“His cancer was so devastating, but to see that he had such a tremendous recovery was really healing.”
“It has changed my life in so many ways,” said Mary Thomas, who described her father as a “specialist” and a “true gentleman.”
“I don’t know how you would explain it to someone who had such an incredible life, but there was no way I was ever going to be able to look at him the same way again,” she said.
As his story is being told, Dr. Thomas, a lifelong New Yorker who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1973, has received numerous honors, including recognition for his contributions to the field of plastic surgery, and was also awarded the Purple Hearts for the years he served in the U.S. Navy.
He had been receiving care at Johns- Hopkins Hospital for more than 20 years before he was diagnosed with cancer, and his family had always hoped to have him back on the operating table as soon as possible.
“Dr. Thomas is a special kind of man,” said Dr. Bruce Beal, the director of surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
“We are very proud of the fact that we have a surgeon who is able to provide the care that he does, and to have that kind of support from his patients, and also from the medical community,” said Beal.
The Thomas family is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received.
“The outpouring has been incredible, and so we are very grateful for that,” Beal said.
Beal also praised the efforts of the local hospital staff who are working with the family, and they are working to reopen the surgery room.
“This has been a tough road,” said Thomas’ wife, Karen Thomas.
But she said they are hopeful that the new operating room will offer a much improved experience for the patient and for everyone else.
“When the doors open, I know there will be new people who have not seen him before,” she told CNN.
“So we want to thank everybody, especially our doctors and nurses.
They have helped us a lot, and we are grateful for their support.”
Thomas was born on June 4, 1942, in Pennsylvania.
His father, Dr., Sr., is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The family moved to the small town of West Pottsville, where his mother was a nurse, and Thomas’ father worked in a nearby steel mill.
After graduating from West Pottinger High School in the 1960s, Thomas worked as a secretary for a local insurance company, and later worked as an insurance agent for a company that owned a small insurance company in a town of 1,400.
After working as an office manager for the insurance company for seven years, Thomas moved to New York, where he became an attorney.
The move to New England gave Thomas the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and at one point was working for a construction company.
Thomas then moved to Philadelphia, where, in 1963, he attended Temple University and graduated from the law school. He began