The world-famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey, who pioneered bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, has died at the age of 99.
DeBakey died Friday night at The Methodist Hospital in Houston from "natural causes," according to the report. He had treated heads of state, entertainers, businessmen and presidents, as well as people with no titles and no means.
He invented the roller pump while still in medical school in 1932. The pump became the major component of the heart-lung machine, beginning the era of open-heart surgery. The machine takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery.
Basically, he has improved the human condition and touched the lives of generations to come.
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