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Press conference with Michael E. DeBakey KHOU Footage


Mexican Heart Patient Operation by DeBakey & Baylor: Press conference following a successful procedure using the DeBakey pump on a heart patient, Mrs. Esperanza del Valle Vasquez, from Mexico City. The DeBakey pump, built by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Rice University, and the Methodist Hospital in Houston, was used to take over part of the heart's workload following surgery while the patient was fitted for two prosthetic heart valves. Mrs. Vasquez's case was one of the first successes of the DeBakey pump. This procedure was completed in August 1966.

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