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Surgeon who helped save Martin Luther King Jr. from stabbing dies at 95
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A New York City surgeon who helped save Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958 died of natural causes, according to the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. He was 95.
“He was a brilliant clinical practitioner, a wise and thoughtful teacher, and a man of deep and abiding kindness and quiet modesty,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “It is entirely consistent with his character that many who knew him may well not have known that he was also a part of history.”
Dr. Cordice was off duty in Brooklyn when Mr. King, then 29, was taken to Lenox Ave. hospital after being stabbed with a letter opener by Izola Curry, a mentally disturbed woman who attacked the civil rights leader at a book signing in Harlem.
“We raced on in to Harlem Hospital and when I went into the emergency room, of course, the crowd was beginning to gather and then I was informed that Dr. King had been injured,” Dr. Cordice told WNYC radio station in a 2012 interview, the New York Daily News reported.
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