When four mechanical engineering students began work on their senior capstone project last year, they had no way of knowing what a life-changing experience it would become—both for them and for the young boy they helped to stand.

The story of how Christian de Virgilio, M.D., F.A.C.S. ’82 became a well-respected surgeon and professor of surgery is an adventure in itself, punctuated with near-misses. de Virgilio explains how his success began at LMU, and how students can success in their personal and professional lives.

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