The DeBakey Debacle

At 98 years old, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey is the oldest person to survive the surgical technique he pioneered.

The Gray Lady ran a Christmas Day feature on pioneer heart surgeon

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

. It's a compelling yarn, detailing the decision to operate though the


Houstonian signed a

no-surgery form

, wifey Katrin's late-night plea before the hospital's ethics committee and the reaction of anesthesiologists (scared shitless) to potentially offing the old master. The


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couldn't get an exact figure on hospital costs. Only that they exceeded a mil. And that DeBakey wasn't charged.

No sense giving the guy a heart attack so soon after saving him. - Todd Spivak

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