A Heartfelt thanks for surgery 60 years ago
Rod Merrett was the first person in NSW to have had open heart surgery using the new American heart-lung machine. Rod was operated on at RPA Hospital in 1957 by visiting surgeons from Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA, he was only 9 years of age and remained in hospital for 6 weeks following his surgery.
The Baird Institute flew Rod from Adelaide to Sydney to participate in the panel at our 2017 Christmas Cocktails & Conversation event and to share the story of his journey with heart disease.
A story was recently published about Rod in Sydney’s Inner West Courier
Pictured: Rodney Merrett (Inset) Front left with his surgeon and other patients.