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Open Heart Surgery

How I Found Liberation Through Open-Heart Surgery

Moraima Capellán Pichardo | Posted 01.05.2017 | Latino Voices
Moraima Capellán Pichardo

I had just taken a new job. A 22-year-old waiting tables -- living in my head, scheming for the future. My plan was to save money, move to Thailand and go on an adventure. Fifteen minutes before walking through the doors of the restaurant, my cardiologist called me.

A Modern Medical Miracle and a Great Read

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Vicki Cobb

I'm always a sucker for heroic, against-all-odds stories and, of course, as a nonfiction writer, I am especially moved when the story is true. Yes, there is value in truth. I spent part of today reading Jim Murphy's new book Breakthrough: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever.

HeartGift Recognized for Children Life-Saving Work

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.04.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

It is always gratifying when an organization that does good things for others is appropriately recognized. It is even nicer when the "others" who are at the receiving end of those "good things" are the most innocent and vulnerable among us.

Saga of the Heart Continues In My Family

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 10.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
L. Steven Sieden

As I write this on October 7, 2015, my younger brother Phil is undergoing open-heart surgery. It was precisely 22 years ago (Oct. 7, 1993), that our ...

In Five Days

Suzie Skougard | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

I love the way she coos, and the way she smiles a goofy, mouth-wide open grin. In five days, I will be handing her over to a team of pediatric surgeons. They will cut open her chest and, provided all goes well, they will repair her heart.

I Had a Heart Murmur (Part 5)

Tom Reiman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Reiman

When I last posted, it was the evening after my surgery, and I wasn't in the mood to do an inventory of the various things inserted into or attached t...

Comic Genius Robin Williams, Open Heart Surgery and Depression

Taylor Marsh | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Taylor Marsh

What a life Robin Williams led. We should all be grateful he fought so hard to remain inside the eye of his life's hurricane for so long. There won't be a talent like him again. He left it all on planet earth during his tour.

Dear Dad: An Open (Heart) Letter to My Unintentionally Influential Father

Laurel Miller | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Laurel Miller

I've given my strange proclivities a lot of thought, and the only source of blame I can point to is my dad, Dr. Robert M. Miller, aka RMM, Bob, or "Doc." Most people assume that being the child of a veterinarian (a large and exotic vet, at that) isn't all that different from having a parent who's an MD, if they think about it at all.

If She Steals Your Heart, Please Help Heal Her Heart

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

All these lovely children have one thing in common: They were or are in desperate need of delicate and risky open-heart surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects -- specialized treatment that is either scarce or nonexistent where they live.

Abe Rosenthal: The Man I Remember Every Day

Pranay Gupte | Posted 05.03.2014 | Media
Pranay Gupte

Abe blessed me with his mentoring -- how many journalists and writers are so fortunate? He taught me, most of all, about the power of words. He taught me the art of story telling.

10 Ways My Daughter Has Made Me A Better Man

Tom Riles | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Tom Riles

Parents teach their kids many lessons, but at the same time, parents gain wisdom from their children.

Thinking Out of the Box: Defibrillator Surgery Offers New Hope

Chuck Gomez | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Chuck Gomez

A box won't define me anymore. I won't feel like I'm carrying a small "purse" or camera anymore. It will be implanted inside me. The defibrillator will be part of me. I may face new obstacles in my recovery, but with two heart-related operations in six months under my belt, I've become a stronger person -- inside and out.

Nation's First Open-Heart Surgery Performed In Chicago 119 Years Ago

Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago

In 1893, exactly 119 years ago Monday, Chicago surgeon Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery, in what would become bo...

WATCH: 'Miracle Swimmer' Toddler Recovers From Heart Surgery

Posted 04.17.2012 | Parents

Just weeks after undergoing open heart surgery as an infant, Rosanna Ogden's swimming lessons were not only aiding her recovery, but revealing an extr...

Heart Health Month: 'I Never Expected to Become a Patient Who Needed Open Heart Surgery'

Eva Gómez, MSN RN CPN | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Eva Gómez, MSN RN CPN

It can happen to you, because it happened to me -- the nurse who thought heart disease was not on her list of life possibilities.

WATCH: Mom Overcomes Risky Birth, Baby's Heart Operation

Posted 02.16.2012 | Parents

Keyota Cole has been battling congenital heart disease since she was born. But when the 33-year-old California woman learned she was pregnant with her...

Surgery-Bound Chef Makes Food Critic A Sandwich

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- For someone who is scheduled to have open-heart surgery today, chef R.J. Cooper wasn't relaxing much last night at Rogue 24, the James B...

God, Science And Open-Heart Surgery

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

As marvelous as the technology and skill set of a medical team are, there is an even more fantastic Force within us so vibrant and powerful that a person can withstand open-heart surgery and thrive.