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Monday, June 20, 2011

'Never Too Late' to witness a work of heart

Pat Studebaker has experienced and seen a lot of things in her 84 years. But one dream she has had for much of her life was to get a first-hand look at heart surgery. The St. Francis Heart Center made that possible recently when she was cleared to observe a double-valve procedure performed by a surgical team led by Dr. Marc Gerdisch, chief of cardiothoracic surgery.

"I got to see a doctor hold a heart in his hand. That was amazing," she said after the five-hour procedure. "It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen."

Her wish was made possible through Never Too Late, an organization that grants wishes for seniors, in coordination with the Heart Center. You can read more about this at

Learn more about the St. Francis Heart Center.

Photos by Zach Dobson