I hope everyone is having a Fabulous Thursday and a wonderful week so far!
For our first Throwback Thursday – Black History Month Edition I enlisted my husband to pick the historical person or event. Since it is also Heart Health Month he picked………
Daniel Hale was the son of a Barber, the fifth of seven children, and started his young adult life as a Shoemaker. He soon realized that he aspired for more. He went to medical school and then joined a private practice. He believed that Chicago should and could have a hospital open to all with both black and white doctors, staff, and students. On May 4, 1891, he achieved this with the first Black Owned hospital, Provident.
In 1893 a young man with a stab wound was brought in. Dr. Hale realized that the wound was fatal. He created a small door through the ribs and found a gash on an artery as well as one on the heart itself. He sutured the artery and then used forceps to hold the gash on the heart closed while he sewed it shut. The patient was able to leave the hospital in less than 2 months and lived for many more years, thanks to Dr. Hale’s quick thinking and willingness to try something new.
Dr. Daniel Hale had many more achievements after this and continued to help advance the medical community, for all races.
Knowledge is power and with togetherness we find strength.