Surgeon returns book, ‘So You Want to Be a Doctor,’ decades late

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Florida doctor is returning a long-overdue book that he checked out from a West Virginia library and donating $500.

As a child in the mid-1970s, Dr. Michael Kelly checked out “So You Want To Be a Doctor” from the Kanawha County Library.

Kelly, a graduate of Charleston High School, is now a successful plastic surgeon in Miami and owns Miami Plastic Surgery.

Kelly told the news station that he recently found the book in a bookshelf at his home and is “extremely embarrassed” that it has been checked out for so long.

“I actually found it very helpful because it went through step by step what it took to become a physician, both academically and from a training perspective,” Kelly said.

Library officials say Kelly will return the book at 1 p.m. Friday, along with a $500 check to show gratitude for his success. Kelly says he hopes his story will inspire the children of Charleston to follow their dreams.

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