Here’s a piece from the Oracle, the journal of Women in Thoracic Surgery.
Tell me this story won’t make your eyes tear up a little bit. (Click on the link)
It finally happened, an historic moment at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in the cardiac O.R. An all-female team surrounded Dr. Kristine Guleserian for a heart procedure.
Since everybody looks alike in cap and mask, the names are, Kristine Guleserian, Tracy Geoffrion, Alycia Hawthorne, Riley Carpenter, Beth Brickner, Dawn Bryant, Dina Villaraza, and Sarah Clakley. Quote Dr. G: “Eight woman in the OR. Our patient was male. He’ll never be the same!”
The first time I saw it in the OR, I couldn’t believe it. But it’s true. Watch the video to see one of the most amazing things about the human heart. This was during a transplant Dr. G did .
My hero, Paul Newman, often said there was no better feeling that being able to reach down and help somebody who wasn’t as fortunate as you. This is a story about just such a situation, and it’s repeated around the world.
Ever since I’ve been volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas I’ve been constantly amazed by the toughness of the kids who are treated there. And many of them also have huge hearts. Not in the medical sense, but in the giving sense. Many come back as teens and adults to volunteer. The kid in the story in the link below isn’t from Children’s in Dallas, but the spirit is the same.
I’ll just put it simply. I’m a sucker for stories like this.
Click here to have your heart warmed. (Go past the commercial!)
It’s not exactly Captain Picard spending an afternoon on the Holodeck aboard the Enterprise. It’s much cooler.
A company in Israel called RealView has developed a 3D holographic projection which shows the inner mechanics and working of the heart. The attached YouTube video is a promotional one, for sure, but it is very interesting. And it’s surely the wave of the future.
Here’s a good piece from the Las Vegas Sun that does an excellent job of detailing the different kinds of congenital heart problems surgeons like Dr. G deal with every day. Click here.