Doctor who co-developed the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a technique that saved countless infants from the deadly blue baby syndrome.
She overcame strong dyslexia in her childhood, using only her willpower and the patient tutoring of her father.
She worked extensively with prominent U.S. physician
Her mother died when Helen was 11, and she was henceforth raised by her father.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson.