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Dr. Canessa was one of 45 rugby players who endured extreme conditions, severe cold, injuries, starvation, and isolation after their plane crashed in the Andes. Dr. Canessa made history as one of the men who walked eleven days and climbed 15,000 feet to locate help and guide rescuers back to the survivors. His journey through the Chilean snow capped Andes Cordillera rescued 14 of his friends still trapped in the mountains 72 days after their plane crashed. This experience has inspired his extensive career in saving lives as a renowned pediatric cardiologist.
Dr. Canessa is also the Director of the Cardiac Ultrasound Department and prenatal diagnosis of Congenital Heart Diseases and professor of Pediatric Cardiology in the Facultad de Medicina del Uruguay. His research interests are in the non-invasive evaluation of Heart Transplant Program and he is the investigator of Fetal Cardiology at the Italian Hospital of Montevideo.
- Roberto Canessa, MD
This lecture was presented at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on February 20, 2019.
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