Cardiology: Five of a Kind

Young James McCIain was pathetically small and weak when he started his family's procession into the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa three years ago. The boy had suffered since birth from a narrowing of the valve between his heart and lungs, and a hole in the septum (wall) between the right and left upper chambers of the heart. Surgeon Joe Burge Jr. hooked the ten-year-old up to a heart-lung machine, closed the septal defect and widened the valve. Though still short, Jimmy is now a sturdy fifth-grader.

Next to appear was Jimmy's brother Willard, who at 14 was dwarfed...

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