Helen B. Taussig

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Birthday
24, 1898
Birthplace
Massachusetts
DEATH DATE
May 20, 1986 (87)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
24, 1898
Birthplace
Massachusetts
DEATH DATE
May 20, 1986 (87)

About

Doctor who co-developed the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a technique that saved countless infants from the deadly blue baby syndrome.

Before Fame

She overcame strong dyslexia in her childhood, using only her willpower and the patient tutoring of her father.

Trivia

She worked extensively with prominent U.S. physician Alfred Blalock to perfect and demonstrate the technique.

Family Life

Her mother died when Helen was 11, and she was henceforth raised by her father.

Associated With

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson.