Sixty years ago, doctors performed open-heart surgery on a 12-year-old boy at what was then called St. Mary Medical Center.
It was the first open-heart surgery done in Long Beach. The patient, Mike Rivard, was given a 25 percent chance of survival.
On Valentine’s Day, Rivard celebrated turning 72 with his wife, kids and grandkids plus about 50 other seniors at a lunch at the hospital, now Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center.
By Antonie Boessenkool
Long Beach Press-Telegram