August 8, 1966 – The first left ventricle bypass pump was installed in a patient by surgeon Dr. Michael Debakey.

Michael Ellis DeBakey (September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was an American general and cardiovascular surgeon, scientist, and medical educator who became Chairman of the Department of Surgery, President, and Chancellor of Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. His career spanned nearly eight decades.

Born to Lebanese immigrants, DeBakey was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by the physicians that he had met at his father’s drug store, and he simultaneously learned sewing skills from his mother.

I wonder if he used these mindfulness practices to keep a steady hand.