The life of Melvin Jones, 5 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones, was saved by Dr. Herbert H. Schoenfeld of the Children’s hospital, yesterday, who took two stitches in his heart.
The lad was playing with his brother and sister, Richard and Elizabeth, in the kitchen of their home at 210 Ninth street northeast, while their mother was preparing dinner. With a pair of scissors, Melvin started upstairs to cut paper dolls, followed by his companions. When he stumbled on the stairway, the points of the scissors pierced his side and punctured his heart.
After the wound had been washed Melvin said he felt sleepy. Hardly had he said this when his lips turned blue and his face darkened. The parents called an ambulance and the lad was take to the Children’s hospital, where an X-ray examination disclosed the puncture of the heart.
It was necessary to pull three ribs back to make an opening. The heart was lifted up with forceps and a gash a quarter of an inch long was disclosed. Two stitches were taken in the organ and it was then placed back in its natural position and the ribs put back into place.
Outside the operating room the lad’s father was having 250 cubic centimeters of blood taken from his arm to be transfused into the body of his son.
Dr. Schoenfeld, with the reticence characteristic of his profession, had little to say regarding the operation except that it was unusual.