Neurosurgeon has mid-operation heart attack, continues

BBC News is reporting that neurosurgeon Claudio Vitale had a heart-attack during an operation to remove a brain tumour, but continued with the surgery as he knew the patient wouldn’t recover if he left the theatre.

According to reports, Mr Vitale started to feel chest pains part way through the operation at Naples’ Cardarelli Hospital.

When the pains worsened, Mr Vitale’s team urged him to stop the procedure and get treatment, but he refused.

He agreed to undergo a blood test, which confirmed a heart problem, but the neurosurgeon insisted on completing the operation before getting medical help, reports say.

ABC News also has a good write-up.

Link to BBC News article ‘Doctor in mid-surgery heart scare’ (via MeFi).

2 thoughts on “Neurosurgeon has mid-operation heart attack, continues”

  1. thanks for the article , very inspiring for the surgeon ,, that what is called “Dedication”
    just have mentioned it in my site ,,

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