Today in good news history: The first open heart surgery

Today in good news history: The first open heart surgery

Daniel Williams became the first man to perform open heart surgery. It was cool that he was an African American. I’m just saying. Anyway, I’ll let Biography take over:

In 1893, Williams continued to make history when he operated on James Cornish, a man with a severe stab wound to his chest who was brought to Provident. Without the benefits of a blood transfusion or modern surgical procedures, Williams successfully sutured Cornish’s pericardium (the membranous sac enclosing the heart), becoming the first person to perform open-heart surgery. Cornish lived for many years after the operation.

You can read Williams’ bio here if ya want. Clearly, this type of surgery has saved many.

-DALANEL

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