To hold a human heart?

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Calgary Herald

Dr. Paul Fedak literally holds people’s lives in his hands.

The cardiac surgeon at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre has participated in hundreds of heart surgeries throughout his career, but says he never gets tired of looking at hearts. He recently told the Herald about why he loves cardiac surgery and what it feels like to hold a human heart.

“You start out taking a needle and a stitch and putting a stitch through the skin, which is exciting in its own way because it’s the first time you’re doing surgery on a patient. And then you slowly work your way up to doing more complicated parts of it. It really takes about 10 years to get from putting your first stitch in just the skin to doing a full cardiac surgery operation, so it’s a slow process.

“So it doesn’t hit you all at once, but there are certain moments in your training…

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