Story: Barratt-Boyes, Brian Gerald

50th anniversary of open-heart surgery

Helen Harris, formerly Helen Arnold, was the first patient to undergo ‘hole-in-the-heart’ or ventricular septal defect surgery in 1958. Fifty years later she was reunited with the two surviving members of the pioneering medical team: Sid Yarrow, the technician in charge of the Melrose heart-lung machine which made the surgery possible, and anaesthetist Jack Watt.

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Jill Wrapson. 'Barratt-Boyes, Brian Gerald', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2011. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)