Heart Surgery: Stephen Westaby Saves Thousands of Lives Through Brain Injury That Changed His Personality

Stephen Westby

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Stephen Westaby is a well-known cardiac surgeon who has saved about 10,000 people and whose innovative techniques could save many more.

Stephen Westaby has operated on more than 12,000 hearts and is estimated to have saved 97% of his patients.

This in itself is impressive.

But the 73-year-old doctor is also a pioneer of internationally recognized innovation for helping to develop and improve the use of heart pumps, artificial hearts and circulatory support technology to circulate blood throughout the body.

He has always had a knack for medicine and said he decided to become a heart surgeon at the age of seven after seeing a heart and lung machine in action on the BBC medical series Your Life in Their Hands.