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

The DeBakey Debacle

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


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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