Heartfelt Thanks To First Open Heart Surgery Doctor; Now 91-Years-Old
Dr. George Heitzman was one of the first doctors to perform open-heart surgery. Without modern day medicine, few expected his patients would live full lives. But they did. In 1957, his first try at heart surgery was with a dog. When it almost failed, he wrapped his hands around that dog's heart and started massaging until he was sure the dog would survive. A few week's later he was working on Susan Pingleton's heart when the same thing happened. This time massaging for over an hour, he revived her heart to function on it's own again. Not only did she survive, but she led a normal life and became a doctor herself; surpassing beliefs she may be brain dead. Dr. Heitzman has literally been responsible for the beating hearts of his patients and has saved many lives over his career. His patients are coming forward and speaking of their experiences with the great doctor. At 91-years-old, he has touched many hearts and says he owes it to his mother's guidance.