Medicine: Bird Cage in the Heart

A pretty young Florida housewife who has suffered increasingly severe heart trouble since childhood reported proudly last week that she is now able to fix one meal a day, and hopes soon to go back to her office job. The secret of her progress is embedded in her heart. It is like a miniature bird cage. At the point where the aorta (the body's main artery) begins, surgeons have removed part of nature's valve, which was diseased, and replaced it with an ingenious steel-and-plastic gadget.

Mary Richardson, 32, wife of a Jacksonville truck driver, had blackouts for years before she went to...

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