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Pelosi: 'By Literally Fixing Broken Hearts, Dr. DeBakey Has Given Hope and Health to Millions'
Date:4/23/2008

ll of us are deeply indebted to Dr. DeBakey.

"There are many families who are here today to express their gratitude to Dr. DeBakey for saving the lives of their loved ones. One of those families, of course, is the DeBakey family. Although Dr. DeBakey did not perform the surgery on himself, he was there to oversee and to observe, through his earlier work, to make sure it was not only good, but that it was perfect.

"With the gifts that God gave Dr. DeBakey, starting with his own family that he was born into and the family he has now, and the many gifts he received from God, he received an almost biblical power to cure. He used his gifts well and that is why it is a great honor for us today to honor him with a Congressional Gold Medal.

"Dr. DeBakey, we honor you for the compassion you learned from your parents and for the skill, talent, and innovation you have practiced for more than 70 years as one of our nation's medical pioneers.

"By literally fixing broken hearts, Dr. DeBakey has given hope and health to millions, and today it is our honor to give him the Congressional Gold Medal. Thank you, Dr. DeBakey."


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