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  • A memoir with heart

    A memoir with heart

    By Briscoe Center for American History
    Published: Jan. 23, 2012

    Take a look at the life of world-renowned heart surgeon and alumnus Denton Cooley through photographs from his new memoir “100,000 Hearts.”

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      Janet Reed said on Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
      In 1959 Dr.Cooley did one of his early atrial septum defect repairs on me.I had 3 small children, was given a very short time to live. He closed the half dollar size hole in the atrium, I recovered. Had another child. Went on to live a wonderful life as the wife of Dr. Lester Reed an outstanding, internationally known biochemist at UT Austin. Had a career of my own as well as traveling throughout the world and raising our children. I am an 87 year old survivor of a congenital heart defect which was unable to be diagnosed until the late 1950s. I am so thankful that Dr. Cooley operated me 63 years ago and gave me the chance for the life I lived and continue doing.
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      Leigh Dycus said on Jan. 30, 2012 at 9:55 a.m.
      A thank you to Dr. Cooley for saving both of my little brothers! They were born with heart defects, and Dr. Cooley operated successfully on them both. They are 39 and 37 years old now, and doing great!