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.
Wednesday 18th October 4.00pm
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We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant
Absolute pleasure, thanks for such an enjoyable night. I think having Tony Robinson there promoting his autobiography was a great idea...
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The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.