A Mary-in-the-box-type story in Esquire

Thanks, Franklin Scott, for emailing me the following:

I thought you’d appreciate this passage:

Never had a symptom. The pain came like a bullet out of the blue. I was alone when it started. My wife and my daughter had gone out. The pain is often described as the worst pain you can have. The pain was so severe that I would have welcomed anything to relieve it — including death. I wasn’t going to fight it. I look upon death as a part of living, just as some trees lose all their leaves in the winter and have them replaced in the spring. But at the same time, part of me was thinking, What caused this pain? Part of me was doing a diagnosis on myself — which, as it turned out, was correct. Aortic dissection. I’d written more articles about the condition than anybody in the world, and I resigned myself to having a heart stoppage. The pain didn’t teach me anything about the heart. It simply emphasized what I had already learned.

- Michael DeBakey, Heart Surgeon

February 28, 2008, Esquire


One Response to “A Mary-in-the-box-type story in Esquire”

  1. Stephen says:

    As your average high-school student, I have to say I’m generally rather unappreciative of what I have been given. This article made me do a complete 180 and look at things out the other window. I absolutely admire and agree with every point made by Dr. DeBakey. We all do have arguably the most highly sophisticated and advanced intelligence systems in our brains as humans and I think Dr. DeBakey makes and excellent point when he says that we do not think enough. Imagine if everyone in the world maximized the full potential of what their minds could unlock? Billions of minds, each working on millions of separate ideas and concepts of their own- more possibilities than could ever be explained and deliberated in a lifetime! How amazing is the human brain?! I agree, we all should be more grateful for it and everything else we have been given in life. I also share the belief of intelligent design with Dr. DeBakey, and his philosophy behind discussing it- I can’t prove it, I have no answers. So why deliberate it? Dr. DeBakey covers a whole host of hidden concepts within his article about belief and philosophy- perserverence, compassion, common sense, and other simple points of random thoughts. My point here is that I think we can all learn a lot from Dr. DeBakey if we all took the time to try some of the hints to life and reason he gives us in his article. If anyone knows of a way to get in touch with him, please let me know!