Name: Vivien Thomas
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Occupation: surgical technician

Birth: August 29, 1910


Death: November 26, 1985
Vivien T. Thomas was born in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1910.
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Known For : Thomas was an important partner in hundreds of "blue baby" operations. At the same time, he continued to manage Blalock's ongoing laboratory research.
As head of the John Hopkins surgical research laboratory, Thomas also taught a lot of surgeons and technicians. The residents and research fellows who worked with Thomas tested his abilities and his dedication.
Science explained The blue baby is a sickness that takes blood of oxygen which is a life threatening thing. On November 29, 1944 the first try at healing the blue baby sickness in John Hopkins was a success. The blue baby sickness is also known as Tetralogy of Fallot.
Career important places they worked
Vivien Thomas was known in the john Hopkins hospital and the Vanderbilt university hospital. Thomas started working for Dr. Blalock at Vanderbilt University. Although he was strict, they cooperated and became workmates.
Did you know
  • besides being known from helping with the blue baby operation, Vivien Thomas trained many other surgeons and was known as a gifted person
  • his parents were named Mary Eaton Thomas and William Maceo Thomas
References
Morehouse school of medicine ”Vivien Thomas biography”.msm.edu.Morehouse school of medicine.2013.web.september 19.
national center for biotechnology information “in search of Vivien Thomas”nih.gov.u.s national library of medicine.2005

pbs. “footprints through time” partners of the heart.pbs.com.web.september18,2013
The Alan Mason Chesney medical archives“ Vivien Thomas. L.l.d”.jhmi.edu. John Hopkins medical institution
Thomas Vivien “partners of the heart”1985.philidalphia.university of Pennsylvania press.1985.print

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