A Story of a Young Man who Cheated Death Twice to Graduate from Texas Heart Institute

A Story of a Young Man who Cheated Death Twice to Graduate from Texas Heart Institute Mesfin Yana

One of the nicest perks of being a pilot are the fantastic airline privileges. Flying standby and jump seating can be stressful if you’re in a time crunch. However, if you have the time, waiting a few hours its well worth a free flight. This morning I have been waiting almost six hours to board my flight to Houston, but at least it has given me time to jot a few things down! This will be my first time visiting the city of Houston, and I can’t think of a better reason than family.


Mesfin Yana (goes by Mesfin) has no idea that I am coming to his graduation muahah. He has always loved to surprise people with his presence so I figured I would give a taste of his own medicine! The Texas Heart Institute is home to some of the most influential heart surgeons and researchers in history. Mesfin will be one of the graduates of the 2017 Cardiovascular Perfusionist class. And for those of you who do not know, a Cardiovascular Perfusionist runs and operates the heart and lung machines used during open heart surgery. The program is world class and well known for it’s rigorous training course and the extensive clinical hands on experience it gives it’s students. You could imagine how incredibly proud I am of his accomplishment.

Growth is so relative. You can turn nothing into something, something into more, more into something greater and so on. Up and up to infinity you could grow, but every step is nonetheless growth. And no stage is any less important than the last. You can’t skip a step. There is no going from nothing to infinitely incredible. Hard work and perseverance through struggle in the pursuit of something greater is the only way to go. I don’t know any other human being on this wonderful planet that we call Earth who understands this more than my brother Mesfin Yana. This is a story of a young man who cheated death twice, yet persevered through an incredible journey of self development and success.

Mesfin was born and raised in a small village located in southern Ethiopia. At a young age he was plagued with a bad case of strep throat-mind you his village was lacking a quirky pediatrician to administer a quick round of antibiotics and a popsicle to send him on his merry way.

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