Columbia, SC I am one of the patients Dr. Mac Leppard’s cardiac surgery group has performed open-heart surgery on, and I was one of the first patients that the group performed surgery on using the beating-heart method (“40 years of world-class cardiac surgery,” Dec 17). This group of doctors deserves all the praise we can give them. They have saved and continue to save so many lives in South Carolina.
I know they are not the only ones who deserve praise; the entire team of heart surgery personnel at Providence Hospital deserve to be recognized for their professionalism and expertise. I, along with thousands of other patients, would like to say thanks to Providence for its willingness to invest in this specialty 40 years ago. I know I am alive today because of that decision.