Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910 – November 26, 1985) he was an African- American Cardiologist. I first learned about him in the summer of 2006 when i participated in a Summer Mentorship Program at the University of Toronto when I thought i wanted to be a "cardiologist". He was the man who found the appropriate stitching concept for sewing the ventricles located in the hear. If you know anything about science and biology, the heart has 2 valves, one for oxygenated blood and the other for deoxygenated blood. ( sorry its my fascination of the human heart that i have.) but yes, Mr. Thomas found the correct procedure for curing the "blue baby". These were babies that were born that were not getting enough oxygen in to their blood to circulate through their bodies thus causing them to turn blue because of the blue blood that had not received oxygen. Nonetheless, Dr. Vivian Thomas at first was not recognized for his work, why? His physical appearance gives a simple answer. He was later given recognition after having to perform the surgery for his head cardiologist. We remember him through black history month as a successful African- American man that made a name for his self in a time of doubt, which was African - American could not compare at the time to the capabilities of the white male. Sorry for those who decided to read this, I just remembered to post someone today and its past my bed time. So I hope you read more about Dr. Vivian Thomas, there was actually a movie made inspired of his life and what he did with it. It is called "Something the Lord Made"; starring Mos Def ( Vivian Thomas) , Alan Rickman and Gabrielle Union.



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