Surgery: Repairing the Royal Aorta

Music by Muzak was soft and low. Two Sleepy People and So Bears My Heart for You flowed over the operating room in Houston's Methodist Hospital. But the patient on the table, His Royal Highness Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Duke of Windsor, was already going under the anesthetic. Baylor University's famed surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was scarcely listening as he performed an operation that only a few years ago would have seemed dangerous indeed. He slit open the 70-year-old duke's belly and cut down to the aorta,...

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