Awake, alert - and under the knife

[Star Tribune, March 06, 2016] The replacement of Roy Nothnagel’s defective heart valve had reached a key point; silence filled the operating room at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as Dr. Paul Sorajja and his team prepared to implant a new valve — and react if their patient faltered.

Then came the wisecrack.

“God,” a baritone voice said, “I feel like I’m in Houston and there’s a rocket launch.”

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