Monday, July 14, 2008

Michael E. DeBakey, 1908 - 2008

As you probably already know, Michael E. DeBakey passed away over the weekend. Many know of him as a pioneering surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. His accomplishments are widely known, and I cannot add much to that.

However, for my little part, I remember seeing Dr. DeBakey a few times, but my favorite memory was one Sunday morning a few weeks ago. My mother had convinced my father and I to check out the local Farmer's Market. While randomly browsing different produce, I spied a scooter out of the corner of my eye. Who else was it but Dr. DeBakey? Haha, seeing him there was a bit bizarre, but at the same time, it was nice knowing that at 99, he was still out and about. My little anecdote is probably trivial, but it reminds me that no matter who we are, we share a common humanity, whether we are a world-renowned heart surgeon... or just a medical student. Rest in peace, Dr. DeBakey.

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