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Fragile Lives {free read online} AUTHOR Stephen Westaby – Kindle or Book

Stephen Westaby Ó 7 review

An incredible memoir from one of the world’s most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he’s worked onGrim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon’s shoulder A slip of the hand and life ebbs awayThe balance between life and death is so delicate and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two In the operating room there is no time for doubt It is flesh blood rib retractors and pumping the vital This is one of those books of medical true life stories but is technical than most By the end I knew a great deal of the structure of the heart blood chemistry and why making lots of pee is extremely important The author is a very forthright sort of man and a very empathetic one too The people he operates on he describes in detail I felt for him when he lost a patient I rejoiced with him when his inventions kept people alive And I held my breath when he operated on a pregnant woman to repair her heart as by now I knew enough of technical details of such operations to appreciate just how difficult it was to put a woman on a heart lung machine and keep the foetus who is not on the machine at all aliveIn the epilogue he castigates the National Health for publishing the death rates of individual heart surgeons people are now frightened away of the speciality leaving the field open to foreign surgeons Operating on extremely ill people who will die without the operation means that some will not survive anyway And surgeons that take on the most difficult of cases are going to have higher losses than those who routinely replace heart valves in patients who are merely at risk The BBC made a tv programme Your Life in Their Hands and one of the uestions asked was one Americans will never be able to appreciate It was whether the NHS should spend a fortune on keeping a 20 year old heart patient alive The author answered it by saying should a first world country not spend the money and let the patient die in misery as in third world countries He could have added or in those first world countries that won t pay for its citizens to have these extraordinarily expensive operations with pumps or other implants that can cost as much as a fancy car If the country won t pay and the patient can t it really puts that country and the third world ones that can t pay on the same level doesn t it

Summary Fragile Lives

Fragile Lives

Remarkable and poignant cases – such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old a woman who lived the nightmare of locked in syndrome and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight yearsA powerful important and incredibly moving book Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery and how it feels to hold someone’s life in your hands I read this pretty much in one sitting an incredibly emotional informative and really very addictive memoir here from Stephen Westaby I now know about the human heart than I ever could imagine that I wouldA true trailblazer but oddly for a man of this nature and genius not at all egotistical he came across brilliantly and all the stories he told all the people he saved and the ones he couldn t will stay with me for a long long time Spanning many years and many innovations Fragile Hearts puts life into huge perspective just how much we rely on the heart to function well was something I had little understanding of now I am literally going to be thankful for every beat Doctors are the unsung heroes sometimes this is the second medical memoir I ve read the brilliant Do No Harm from Henry Marsh being the other which does for the brain what Dr Westaby does for the heart here and I can also highly recommend and it is a fascinating world that we both see and don t seeI m inclined to read like this I was utterly enthralled first page to lastGive it a go

review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ó Stephen Westaby

Organ with your bare hand to sueeze the life back into it An off day can have dire conseuences – this job has a steep learning curve and the cost is measured in human life Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heartProfessor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty five year career and now in his astounding memoir Westaby details some of his most I had just turned 21 when I was told that my Dad had been feeling a little dizzy and breathless at work and my Mum had pretty much played it down to me telling me it was angina and he probably needed some tablets My Dad went to a routine check up at the hospital three weeks later where he had a Transesophageal Echocardiography and what he thought was going to be a swift outpatients in and out job lead to a weeks stay on the critical care unit and a further three on the recovery ward The consultant had found my Dad had an artery that was 96% blocked and would have been only a matter of time before he would have passed away He needed an urgent coronary bypass surgery operation which he had just five hours later at 12am midnight To be told that you may lose a parent and I didn t get to see him before he went in was ultimately distressing but I cannot comprehend just how my Dad felt at that moment Fourteen years later my Dad is coming up to 70 and have always been truly grateful to the amazing heart surgeons that ultimately saved himDr Westbury was obviously something of a marvel and was masterful in his work I think to do a profession such as that you need to be of a certain character and I know that I certainly couldn t do it Dr Westbury tells us of the many triumphs where his patients of all ages have gone on to live happy and fulfilling lives but also the tragedies where lives were lost way too soon There was much jargon in here and some of it went over my head but it made for interesting reading I did have an issue with Dr Westbury though as skilful as he may be is that is his overall attitude towards the female species was baffling He referred to a patient as blonde and pretty and another patient as stunningly beautiful and yet another female patient had apparently had her bum peeking out of the hospital gown because it wasn t done up properly Dr Westbury just reeked of misogyny and he seemed to be rather egotistical in his manner which didn t sit too kindly with me That said the book was interesting and it made me think about my Dad and what a lucky break he had in life


10 thoughts on “Fragile Lives

  1. says:

    This is one of those books of medical true life stories but is technical than most By the end I knew a great deal of the structure of the heart blood chemistry and why making lots of pee is extremely important The author is a very forthright sort of man and a very empathetic one too The people he operates on he describes in detail I felt for him when he lost a patient I rejoiced with him when his inventions kept people alive And I held m

  2. says:

    Death and surgeons determined walk away from the table is a truly a sight to see In this case it’s British Cardiac Surgeon Stephen Westaby Reading Open Heart A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating

  3. says:

    “We stop life and start it again making things better taking calculated risks” Although the 2017 Wellcome Prize shortlist has only just been announced this is my early favorite for the 2018 prize for fiction and nonfiction on a medical theme What Henry Marsh did for brain surgery in Do No Harm Westaby does for cardiac surgery with this vivid compassionate set of stories culled from a long career at the forefront of artificial heart t

  4. says:

    A brilliant thought provoking memoir chronicling renowned heart surgeon Westaby as he details his life and career Starting from humble beginnings the author challenges the perception that only public schoolboys get to be surgeons I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hospital predominately featured in this book was

  5. says:

    I had just turned 21 when I was told that my Dad had been feeling a little dizzy and breathless at work and my Mum had pretty much

  6. says:

    One of those cases where I was in a funk and just going through OverDrive app trying to find something different to listen to that would lift me out of the fog and de stress me This one stood out to me the fact Westaby was from the UK peaked

  7. says:

    I read this pretty much in one sitting an incredibly emotional informative and really very addictive memoir here from Stephen Westaby I now know about the human heart than I ever could imagine that I wouldA true trailblazer but oddly for a man of this nature and genius not at all egotistical he came across brilliantly and all the stories he

  8. says:

    Anyone who reads my blog will know that I rarely if ever review non fiction It is definitely not my usual genre but when I saw it pop up on Twitter recently I was suitably intrigued I am so SO GLAD I got the chan

  9. says:

    This bookugh I really wanted to like it and honesty thought I would I loved When Breath Becomes Air and thought this might be similar Not so much The author is a retired heart surgeon in the UK so a lot of the commentary about their healthcare system NHS felt disconnected to me It was very technical and explained medical procedure

  10. says:

    Excellent memoir of cardio surgeon If you think your job is hard please read this book and you'll be happy for the job you have

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