Surgery: A Marine Speaks Again

Lance Corporal Walter Lopata made medical history last week when he sat up in his Boston hospital bed and said,"Hello—how are you?" He probably could have said more, but the doctors wouldn't let him try, lest he damage the delicate needlework in his throat. For Lopata had no larynx or vocal cords. These were removed in October after they had been torn to shreds by fragments from a Viet Cong grenade. What he had was a reconstructed throat, the first of its kind in the U.S. and probably in the world.

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