[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.3804]

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Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "In one swift second the atmosphere in the tiled operating room changed from relaxed proficiency to high-geared tension. The critical moment has arrived, when the ebb and flow of life depended on the lick of a finger. This particular life belonged to a young married woman, swathed in anonymity by the green surgical towels and sheets draped over her still body on the operating table. It was about to be placed in the "hands" of Mercy Hospital's almost-human heart-lung pump. "Ready?" a surgeon called, and instrunment poised in his … continued below

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Albright, Bob November 23, 1959.

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Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "In one swift second the atmosphere in the tiled operating room changed from relaxed proficiency to high-geared tension. The critical moment has arrived, when the ebb and flow of life depended on the lick of a finger. This particular life belonged to a young married woman, swathed in anonymity by the green surgical towels and sheets draped over her still body on the operating table. It was about to be placed in the "hands" of Mercy Hospital's almost-human heart-lung pump. "Ready?" a surgeon called, and instrunment poised in his hand. Other members of the surgical team - doctors, nurses and technicians - leaned fowward tensley, peering at dials and volume levels. Everything had to be in perfect balance. "Ready!" they responded. A tall square-jawed man hunched over like a fullback poised to plunge into the line, watching the machine as it hummed its live-giving message. Blood surged through the lines, some dark and unpurified, the rest bright red, saturated with oxygen...Tension eased off, but surveillince and work did not. Slender, skilled fingers flew at their tasks, snipping, pulling, clamping, probing...He was garbed in pale-green surgical clothes - drawstring trousers, slip-over shirt and a cap. A surgical mask covered his nose and mouth. But this was no doctor. Garman O. Kimmell is an electronics engineer and president of Kimray, Inc., manufacturers of oilfield isntrunments and control equipment...For it was he who brainstormen the modifications that adapted the heart-lung pump to Mercy's needs. And until recently he was present at every open-heart operation to keep the equipment going. Now it's been refined to the point his close scrutiny is no longer necessary."

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PublishDate: O-12-13-59

Credit: Daily Oklahoman

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  • Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 13, 1959

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  • November 23, 1959

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Albright, Bob. [Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.3804], photograph, November 23, 1959; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1692280/: accessed September 26, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

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