Heart attack = kryptonite; Or not! Claudio Vitale may be Superman
Some days, you read stories that are so uplifting that if you don’t share them you feel like you may burst from holding them in. I’ve actually been sitting on this one for days while I worked on other things that needed to be done, but never fear. If my heart suddenly burst, there is one man you could call who could fix me even though he’s recuperating himself: Claudio Vitale.
Claudio Vitale is an Italian brain surgeon who has recently made headlines after exhibiting extreme bravery in his field: he completed brain surgery while having a heart attack. Why is this a big deal?
As a surgeon, Vitale was aware that he was having a heart attack and that for every minute he delayed his own help, a part of his heart was losing function that would not be restored. In other words, he was killing himself to save his patient. His only comment was that he couldn’t leave the patient at such a delicate time (in the procedure). Other stories have commented that if he’d left the patient, the patient would have surely died.
So, let’s break it down. Vitale was dying. The patient was dying. Vitale saved the patient at loss of his own heart functioning permanently.
Amazing courage. I’m in awe of this man. I want to believe that I would do the same for people, but I’m not sure I’m there yet. Regardless, he’s tugged on my heartstrings and some days I need to be reminded of the humanity of the world we live in.