Monday, October 16, 2006

Surgeon reunited with patient he saved in 1989

This story about life-saving surgery and how it affects not only the lives of patients but their doctors as well is a wonderful example for us all.

WINNIPEG (Oct 16, 2006)
A surprise reunion at a Winnipeg health conference Saturday brought together a British surgeon and the now-17-year-old girl he saved in 1989 with groundbreaking surgery.

Alys Turner of Brandon, Man., was close to tears as she hugged and thanked the man who gave her a second chance at life when she was a newborn.

She was a surprise guest brought to the Global Conference on Heart Health to surprise Sir Magdi Yacoub.

Alys was just the third person in the world to have the surgery to repair the abnormal arteries in her heart.

Yacoub was stunned to see his former patient. "She's a miracle,'' he said, holding Alys' hands. "This is what makes it worthwhile.''

"I can't put into words how much he's affected my life," Alys said.

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