Baptist Celebrates 43rd Anniversary of First Open Heart Surgery Patient

On Monday, July 19, 1971, at just 17 years of age, Eddie Farris (pictured left) came to Baptist Medical Center to have open heart surgery. It was the first time open heart surgery had been performed in a private hospital in Mississippi. Farris suffered from a defective heart valve.  After undergoing heart surgery by Cardiovascular Surgeon Tom Kilgore, MD, he went home eight days later.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of that surgery. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Farris reunited with Dr. Kilgore plus the other physicians, Cardiologist Dave Dear, MD and Thoracic Surgeon Buddy Griffin, MD, for a celebration of life and the advancements in heart valve surgery. The event also included other patients, physicians and Baptist cardiovascular staff.

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