An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he has worked on.
The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon tiptoes between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. The surgeon deals in flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with a bare hand to squeeze life back into it. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart.
Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He has saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and in his astounding memoir details some of his most memorable cases: a baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years.
Stephen Westaby will be in conversation with BBC Solent presenter Steve Harris
Wednesday 18th October 5.00pm
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.
I don't think you could improve on the experience! Good luck with your plans for 2017 and I wish you all the very best.
Absolute pleasure, thanks for such an enjoyable night. I think having Tony Robinson there promoting his autobiography was a great idea...
Kate Adie's Desert Island Books was thoroughly enjoyable! I had no idea she was (a) so glamorous and (b) so delightfully funny.
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.