The Spirit of the Heart: A book written by Ismael Nuño. Below, Dr. Nuño gives insight into what inspired him to write this book.
The exposure to death by an average human being should be somewhat limited to family or a couple of family friends. In the life of a heart surgeon, death will be a companion to that professional. In the book The Spirit of the Heart, I describe some terrific saves in which in a moment or a blink of an eye, a life is taken away from death and given another chance to live again. In the book, I also describe moments of sheer failure where a patient is lost forever. I begin the book describing how my older sister stops breathing and having no pulse while on a journey from Los Angeles to Paris at 35 thousand feet. I gave her CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation). I was able to bring her back. In another chapter of the book I describe how my 18 year old daughter, after having waged a four year battle with Anorexia Nervosa, loses the fight and succumbs to her disease. I called the paramedics, I gave her CPR but I could not bring her back. In the book I describe how I had the chance and privilege of giving CPR to a daughter and to a sister. Earlier in my life, I had the opportunity to give CPR to my father as well. I was in college and while visiting my father in Mexico one summer break, I found my father keeled over his bed unable to breathe. He did not need the Heimlich Maneuver, he needed mouth to mouth resuscitation. I was successful at it. What are the odds of an individual giving CPR in their life time? What would be the odds of giving CPR to someone in your family let alone three times?
In my lifetime, I had had to give CPR three times to my loved ones. I have also had the moments given to me when my father, my mother and my daughter all took their last breath while I HELD THEM IN MY ARMS. It was the collection of these events that gave me the inspiration to write a book about life, death, the hope of surviving a disease of the heart and the reaction of the family as it came together to mourn that loss of their loved one.
Life should be celebrated, honored and cherished. Death should be respected, honored and remembered. The legacy or completeness of the human being that left us should be continued. Life, at the moment of death, is never completely told. It will be up to us to tell the story for generations to come. Never let a void fill the remembrance of a life.
Bio: Dr. Nuño was born in Mexico. He received his MD in 1976. He received training in General surgery and subsequently in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Walter reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Nuño was in the Army for a period of ten years. He was Deputy Commander for 5th MASH during the Gulf War. The last 15 years of his career were as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He is now retired and lives in Marina del Rey, California.