Saturday 02 August 2008
A photo of my TV screen. Hey folks, this isn't Grey's Anatomy - this is real life!
South Africa has just witnessed its first ever broadcast of live open heart surgery (single heart bypass) on SABC3 (a public TV channel). (Thankfully it was tastefully scheduled for after supper time.)
Wally Katzke, aged 52, agreed that his operation be broadcast live as part of a week-long campaign called the "Meet Wally's Heart Project" a project by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA).
The operation took place at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg and so far has been a success.
Heart disease is the number one killer of South Africans (over 72 000 deaths a year!) and 33 deaths due to heart attack a day! Shocking statistics; clearly we should be worrying less about crime and more about our lifestyles!
Seeing a heart pumping is one of the most awesome sights and a reminder of just how precious life is...
For more click on Wally's site Meet my Heart