On June 6, 1822, Alexis St. Martin was shot in the stomach on Mackinac Island.
Fortunately for the French Canadian fur trader, Dr. William Beaumont, an army surgeon stationed at Fort Mackinac, was able to operate and save the patient’s life. Unfortunately for the patient, the hole in his stomach never fully closed.
Dr. Beaumont persuaded the patient to allow him to study his stomach’s digestion abilities. Beaumont eventually became famous for his gastric medicine and was the namesake for a hospital in Royal Oak.
St. Martin did ok too, marrying, fathering 17 children, and living to the ripe old age of 76.
Source : Michigan Every Day