O. H. "Bud" Frazier, Jr. MD

Surgeon, Researcher, Historian, Veteran

"Ticker" the quest

A response to the recent article the Houston Chronicle published about St. Lukes heart by Houstonian Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

As a 38 year Houstonian I have been around the block a couple times. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly…When by beloved brother George was laying unconscious in a coma and dying from congestive heart failure in the ICU unit at St. Luke’s hospital I would go visit him after I got off work. I work late. I would get there at 12am, sometimes 1am or 2am in the morning. Even though he was unconscious, he could feel my presence. He knew I was there. I knelt at his bedside and prayed offering my brother my support, love and prayers. As I would be kneeling there praying at George’s bedside in would walk the great Dr. Bud Frazier, world renowned heart surgeon who at that time was 68years old. He would check my brother’s charts, vital signs, doctor him and give me the support I needed in that time. Many times I would ask him, “Dr. Frazier why are you up here so late at night?” He would always reply: “My patients are my life.” Bud Frazier is a great man—he follows in the footsteps of DR. Michael Debakey and Dr. Denton Cooley- giants of the Texas Medical Center.

The heart devices Dr. Frazier has dedicated his life to through creating and designing them have saved thousands of lives for people all over the world. Dr. Frazier has never been afraid of taking on the worst cases with the least probability of success because above all to Bud Frazier, life matters. Your recent article discounted the hours and years of work that Dr. Frazier has dedicated to this field. It is a total affront for all of us who know him personally and are aware of his motives. Bud Frazier’s life is his patients and he brings life to his patients. I am lucky to know him, call him a friend and support all of his endeavors. He is one of my life mentors and I will always look up and admire Dr. Frazier’s intellect, work ethic, integrity and most of all concern for his patients. I only wish I had as much passion and concern for my customers as Bud Frazier does for his patients. When I have seen Dr. Frazier and the work he does at St. Luke’s I have not seen the good, the bad or the ugly- I have seen the GREAT and for that I am forever thankful. I have never learned so much from one individual or been more inspired. God chose this career path for him and he has certainly served our community and indeed the entire world very well.

My loving father and brother both died of congestive heart failure. I can only hope if I am laying on the operating table awaiting open heart surgery or a human or artificial heart transplant that the great Bud Frazier M.D. is the surgeon operating on me.

A response to the recent article the Houston Chronicle published about St. Lukes heart by Houstonian Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

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As a 38 year Houstonian I have been around the block a couple times. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly…When by beloved brother George was laying unconscious in a coma and dying from congestive heart failure in the ICU unit at St. Luke’s hospital I would go visit him after I got off work. I work late. I would get there at 12am, sometimes 1am or 2am in the morning. Even though he was unconscious, he could feel my presence. He knew I was there. I knelt at his bedside and prayed offering my brother my support, love and prayers. As I would be kneeling there praying at George’s bedside in would walk the great Dr. Bud Frazier, world renowned heart surgeon who at that time was 68years old. He would check my brother’s charts, vital signs, doctor him and give me the support I needed in that time. Many times I would ask him, “Dr. Frazier why are you up here so late at night?” He would always reply: “My patients are my life.” Bud Frazier is a great man—he follows in the footsteps of DR. Michael Debakey and Dr. Denton Cooley- giants of the Texas Medical Center.

The heart devices Dr. Frazier has dedicated his life to through creating and designing them have saved thousands of lives for people all over the world. Dr. Frazier has never been afraid of taking on the worst cases with the least probability of success because above all to Bud Frazier, life matters. Your recent article discounted the hours and years of work that Dr. Frazier has dedicated to this field. It is a total affront for all of us who know him personally and are aware of his motives. Bud Frazier’s life is his patients and he brings life to his patients. I am lucky to know him, call him a friend and support all of his endeavors. He is one of my life mentors and I will always look up and admire Dr. Frazier’s intellect, work ethic, integrity and most of all concern for his patients. I only wish I had as much passion and concern for my customers as Bud Frazier does for his patients. When I have seen Dr. Frazier and the work he does at St. Luke’s I have not seen the good, the bad or the ugly- I have seen the GREAT and for that I am forever thankful. I have never learned so much from one individual or been more inspired. God chose this career path for him and he has certainly served our community and indeed the entire world very well.

My loving father and brother both died of congestive heart failure. I can only hope if I am laying on the operating table awaiting open heart surgery or a human or artificial heart transplant that the great Bud Frazier M.D. is the surgeon operating on me.

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