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
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