Friday, December 5, 2014

Lithuania 2014 50th Anniversary of 1st open heart surgery in Lithuania

Lithuania celebrated on 11 October 2014 the 50th anniversary of the first open heart surgery in Lithuania with a stamp issue. On 14 October 1964, Prof. A. Marcinkevičius, with the participation of academician E. Meshalkin, performed a suture of congenital defect in ventricular septum for a 14-year old girl with the use of an artificial blood circulation device. The next day a suture of the defect in atrial septum was performed for a second patient. This was the beginning of the modern cardiac surgery in Lithuania.

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