PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - It's surgery time at Highland Community Hospital and the lucky patient going under the knife is Jack, the Jack-O-Lantern.
"This way our students get to see what happens in a surgery and they get to see the various health careers that are available to them," said Pearl River Central High School Health Science Instructor Jennifer Spence.
Twelve seniors studying Health Science from Pearl River Central High will get to witness the mock surgery first hand. This is an exact process of how a real surgical procedure would work. One of those 12 students was Leah Hahn, who felt the mock surgery really helped her gain insight into the medical field.
"It's pretty awesome because you want to know what they do in the real world that way you can see if you like it or not," said Hahn.
The surgical pumpkin carving is supposed to be just as realistic as an actual surgery, which explains why all students had to wear surgical clothing. Spence said it's an awesome way to inspire the future.
"These are our future doctors, nurses, radiologist, physical therapist. The world is wide open to them. They need to know that there's a lot out there in healthcare," said Spence.
General Surgeon Pouya Dastouri was just happy to lend a helping hand to the future and inspire.
"It's not that long ago that I was in their shoes and I was looking into being a surgeon and I didn't know what to expect," said Dr. Dastouri.
"It feels like the surgical staff here really cares about us knowing what goes into their daily jobs and giving us a glimpse of what we can do in a future career," said Pearl River Central High Senior Jessie Banson.
Organizers are hoping to have the same program once again next year.