The astonishing picture of S. A. shows just how far open-heart surgery has come in the last decade.
The 23-year-old went under the knife while he was still very much awake. Doctors chose to numb his body with an epidural to the neck rather than send him to sleep with general anaesthesia. His surgeon said keeping the patient conscious had a number of medical benefits
Hero of the day: Army Spc. John M. Dawson 22, of Whitinsville, Mass., died April 8 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire while on an escort mission. He was assigned to 1st Sq, 33rd Cav Regt, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.