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Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. dies at 70; cardiac surgery innovator, activist

Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. dies at 70; cardiac surgery innovator, activist

Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic defibrillator in a human and a civil rights activist who helped open the doors of John Hopkins University School of Medicine to minority students, has died at the age of 70. Watkins died April 11 from a massive heart attack and stroke, his relatives said. "Levi was a son of the South who was birthed in the middle of segregationist America and the middle of a civil rights movement and became somebody who defied the limits of the expectations of him," said former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who met Dr. Watkins in the 1980s on a picket line calling for better treatment of African Americans in the criminal...

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