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Surgeon Survives Brain Surgery To Run In Marathon

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RALEIGH — A lot of hard work goes into training for amarathon. Athletes have to be in tip-top shape to completethe 26.2 mile course. One local runner found himself facing aneven tougher challenge off the track.

Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, an orthopedic surgeon atN.C. State's veterinary school, helps to get animals back on theirfeet. Speaking of feet, he has got some of the fastestaround.

He recently ran in the Boston Marathon, wherein hefinished second among North Carolinians with atime of 2 hours 39 minutes. He blew away his old record by three minutes.

"I had an overwhelmingly wild happiness when Ifinished," he says.

Marcellin-Little was a little more focused this year because he hadmore to overcome. Nine months ago, he had brain surgery to remove atumor from the base of his skull.

"I started jogging after about three weeks, a little bit at a time," hesays. "The first day was a little bit strange. I ran for about eightminutes the first day, and then I built [it] up."

Just two months later, he finished in the top 10 in ahalf-marathon.

Marcellin-Little says after his wake-up call, he will never again take hishealth for granted.

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Lynda Loveland, Reporter
Greg Clark, Photographer
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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