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Format: 04/24/2014
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The Sewickley Herald: Surgeon gives Quaker Valley students glimpse inside challenging career

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Blood was pouring out of the young man's chest.

This was the third time Dr. Robert Moraca and his staff operated on his heart, which had been affected by intravenous drug use.

"The valves were almost not reconstructable. They were falling apart. The infection was eating through the heart, but he got through it. Sometimes they don't, and then, you have to go tell the parent," he said.

During a presentation earlier this month to Quaker Valley High School students interested in medical careers, Moraca, 40, of Sewickley, told that story after a student inquired about his scariest moment as a heart surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital.

Read all about it in the Sewickley Herald.

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