Medicine: The Heart That Stopped

From the start it was a race against time, and for a while it seemed that death had won. David Fleming Jr., 6. of New York City's Queens Village, had a coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta at the point where it descends through the chest to carry blood to the abdomen and legs. Doctors in Queens found by X rays that the swelling had ballooned out into a thin-walled aneurysm the size of an orange, transferred the blond youngster to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y. (TIME, Jan. 4, 1954), which specializes in heart...

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