Surgery: A Patch to Help a Heart

The two eleven-year-old girls in the suburbs of Denver felt sure they were strong enough to join their friends in Christmas play, but they were under doctors' orders to take it easy. Each of them had recently come out of the hospital after radical surgery for which their hearts had been stopped. And though theirs were rare cases, neither team of surgeons had known what the other was doing.

Ro Anne Campbell of Lakewood was only five when she was found to have a heart murmur. Doctors thought little of it, as such murmurs often disappear without treatment. But as Ro...

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