Art in Surgery – A patient’s story
In late September 2018, at the age of 75, I underwent a triple heart bypass operation performed by Professor Paul Bannon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, having been referred to him by my cardiologist, Dr Sean Lal.
The operation was very successful and the care I received at RPAH was outstanding. I am sure that this care helped in my good recovery. Prior to the surgery, I consented to participate in the ‘Art in Surgery’ program whereby an artist – Simon Fieldhouse – came into the operating theatre and did a painting of me undergoing heart surgery. The painting is adjacent.
I have 3 sons, Simon, Andrew and Paul. The artist was Simon, the ICU Doctor was Andrew and the Surgeon was Paul!! – maybe a good omen!
I am mindfully indebted to the wonderful expertise of the medical and nursing staff for my now good health and extended life and as such I decided to support The Baird Institute with a monthly donation so that the knowledge and expertise that results from The Baird Institute’s research will continue to grow and help to save even more lives.
I congratulate Professor Bannon on being named top researcher in his field earlier this year and thank him and Dr. Sean Lal from my heart, for my heart, which has enabled me to continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.