Heart Surgeon Michael Debakey Dies At 99

Heart surgeon Michael Ellis DeBakey (L) shares a moment with U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol April 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. DeBakey was presented with the medal for his many accomplishments and contributions to the nation, including the development of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital systems during WWII and the inventing of artificial devices for open heart surgery which has changed the modern medicine.
(April 23, 2008 - Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images News) more pics from this album »