John Heysham

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John Heysham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1903. Apparently, he was one smart kid. He attended Penn Charter School, at 16 he enrolled Princeton University graduating in 1923. He went on to medical school at Jefferson Medical College receiving his MD in 1927, completing his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1929.

In 1931, he developed an idea that is still in use today, he published those results in 1937 (more on that later). In WWII, he served as a surgeon in the Burma China India Theater rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after the war he became chief of surgery at the Mayo General Hospital. He retired in 1967, he died in 1973 after a game of tennis.

What you may not know about John Heysham Gibbon Jr. is that he is best known for inventing the heart-lung machine. The machine that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery maintaining the circulation of blood and oxygen content of patient’s. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The machine I hope never to use and did know he invented it.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 10, 2018 04:27 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray John Heysham is responsible for saving millions of lives throughout the world...

Apr 10, 2018 04:31 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was one smart cookie! Enjoy yuour day!

Apr 10, 2018 04:54 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Thanks for sharing this information about John Heysham.  He made a significant contribution to the health of many people! 

Apr 10, 2018 05:10 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds as though he lived and died as he wanted to...and what a huge contribution to medicine to which we are grateful.

Apr 10, 2018 05:28 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A terrific read and amazing subject. Have a wonderful day.

Apr 10, 2018 05:47 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great invention, and a life saving device considering all the heart surgeries and transplants we have these days.  A

Apr 10, 2018 07:45 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - we all owe many lives to the invention of John Heysham.

Apr 10, 2018 09:18 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Once again James, Your history lesson was of a man that save so many people.  Thanks for your knowledge.


Apr 10, 2018 09:30 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- so many people owe this man a lot!!! Have a wonderful day. 

Apr 10, 2018 09:59 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is such a great invention that has saved countless lives James Dray 

Apr 10, 2018 07:57 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Another one of your amazing people, James Dray.  Excellent way to live and great contribution to man - the heart lung machine...John Heysham Gibbon, Jr.

Apr 11, 2018 01:00 AM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

An impressive invention to say the least. I am also impressed that he was still playing tennis at the age of 73. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2018 01:48 PM #13
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