At the controls: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
By Trevor ThiemePosted 02.22.2002 at 4:40 pm 0 Comments
A tug here, a flick of the wrist there, and a neat row of stitches appears in the defective heart. I pause, consider the consequences of botching the close, and throw in a few more for good measure.
Done. My first surgery. I had figured repairing a defective heart valve would be more difficult, especially considering my liberal arts degree. But as far as I can tell, my patient–a rubber heart and a plastic rib cage–will recover fully.