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Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Stephen Westaby

Sunday, 15 October 2017

4:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace, The Gallery

£6 - £12

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Pioneering heart surgeon Professor Stephen Westaby offers an insight into how it feels to literally hold a patient’s life in your hands.

Westaby has carried out 11,000 heart operations and, over the course of a long career, has taken chances, ignored the rules and pushed the boundaries to make heart surgery what it is today. He recalls some of his most remarkable cases, including the ‘pulseless man’ and the patient whose life was maintained for eight years with a battery.

Westaby is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He famously implanted an electric heart pump into patient Peter Houghton in 2000. Mr Houghton went on to be the longest-living patient with an electric heart pump in the world. Westaby is a critic of publication of the death rates of heart surgeons, arguing that it discourages the most skilled surgeons from taking on difficult cases.

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock