There’s a delicate balance between life and death, and the heart surgeon walks the tightrope between the two. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed boundaries over his extraordinary 35-year career and he has now written this important, powerful and incredibly moving memoir, Fragile Lives.

Part of our NHS at 70 events. 
The National Health Service is 70 years old. Partly in celebration, and partly in gratitude for this remarkable institution, we’ve invited some wonderful writers whose wealth of first-hand experience within the NHS has provided them with excellent material and profound insights: some intensely thought-provoking, others deeply moving and at least one extremely funny.

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