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Claude Schaeffer was born in Shamokin. Pennsylvania back in 1894. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins and in 1924 became the surgical resident at the Case Western Reserve University. He remained there until his death. It is however, what he accomplished there that will forever go down in the history books. Let me tell you about his accomplishments, if you have a minute or two. His first accomplishment was developing a technique to implant some pectoral muscle in the pericardium, which provided additional source of circulation. Ground-breaking in his time. He also developed a technique in which he created a vein graft between the aorta and coronary sinus.
However, can you tell me what he is most noted for? Well it seems back in 1947 he had been operating on a 14-year-old boy when towards the end of the surgery his heart stopped. He reopened the boy’s chest and began heart massage for 45 minutes. He had designed a device that is used widely even to this day which was built by his friend James Rand. Anyway he used this device and successfully restarted the boys heart. The boy (don’t have a name) fully recovered. Maybe just maybe you’ve hear of this device, it’s called a defibrillator. That’s right he designed the first useable defibrillator. Sadly he died of a massive stroke in 1971.