Hull City owner, Dr Assem Allam has donated £1.4 million to bring patient treatment in Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust into the robotic age.
Allam and his family have pledged the funds to buy surgical equipment that will make it possible for surgeons to perform complex operations through tiny incisions with a robot nicknamed, The 'Da Vinci'.
The robot replicates the range of movements of a surgeon’s hand, but unlike open surgery, the robot does this through tiny holes, reducing the pain and blood loss caused by open surgery.
The new equipment is planned to be brought into use in the summer of 2015 once the system and supporting equipment has been installed and the clinical team has completed the necessary training.
Dr Allam said: