Dr. Jim Affleck, 83, a retired OBGYN, center, holds a TAVR heart valve that has helped extend his life after heart surgeon Dr. Robert Kincade, MD, left, and interventional cardiologist Dr. David Roberts, MD, teamed up to implant the valve. Affleck delivered Kincaid 45 years ago. Affleck will be 84 years old on Halloween this Friday. They gathered at a press conference on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Calif.
Dr. Jim Affleck, 83, a retired OBGYN, center, holds a TAVR heart valve that has helped extend his life after heart surgeon Dr. Robert Kincade, MD, left, and interventional cardiologist Dr. David Roberts, MD, teamed up to implant the valve. Affleck delivered Kincaid 45 years ago. Affleck will be 84 years old on Halloween this Friday. They gathered at a press conference on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
Dr. Jim Affleck, 83, a retired OBGYN, center, holds a TAVR heart valve that has helped extend his life after heart surgeon Dr. Robert Kincade, MD, left, and interventional cardiologist Dr. David Roberts, MD, teamed up to implant the valve. Affleck delivered Kincaid 45 years ago. Affleck will be 84 years old on Halloween this Friday. They gathered at a press conference on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
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45 years later, Sacramento heart surgeon extends life of OB doc who delivered him

October 27, 2014 05:00 AM

UPDATED October 28, 2014 11:38 AM

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