Several weeks ago I was invited to be the first photographer to capture a coronary artery bypass surgery at KGH. Dr.Guy Fradet and his highly skilled team worked for over 3 hours in a state-of-the-art operating room. One surgeon removed an artery from the patient’s leg while several other surgeons opened up the chest cavity. An anesthetist kept the patient asleep and stable while a perfusionist pumped blood from the patient’s body, oxygenated it in machines and re-pumped it back into the patient. For over an hour the patient’s heart and lungs ceased functioning, on purpose, while the nurses and doctors went to work. It was truly an incredible sight to be seen. Upon looking into the chest cavity and seeing a heart beating up close for the first time one doctor asked me what I thought. My immediate response was “it’s beautiful.”

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