WWII veteran amazes medical staff after heart surgery

WWII veteran Frank Farr, recovering in hospital.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – At 92 years old, Frank Farr has lived a long and full life.

“I flew in World War II,” said Farr.

After serving in the United States Air Force and spending six months of his life in a Prisoner of War Camp, Farr said his surgery wasn’t too bad.

“The good doctor over here fixed me up, I’m supposed to meet him on the Tennis court Saturday,” jokes Farr.

His cardiologist, Mark Bieniarz, grew a special bond, he too is a veteran and said Frank is a great guy.

“Very vibrant man, very very smart, excellent recall,” said Mark Bieniarz.

Frank’s doctor at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico said he underwent a trans-aortic valve replacement and has been recovering at Lovelace Medical Center.

“You almost want to stay in his room all day long just to listen to his stories and his life, because it is amazing,” said Jessica Jewel who’s been helping Frank in the hospital.

Farr remembered a near death experience while in the war and shared it with staff at the medical center.

“The enemy fighters hit our left wing tanks of gasoline,” said Farr. He said the plane he was navigating caught fire, so the pilot told them to jump.

“When I pulled the rip cord to open the parachute, it didn’t work,” a moment he said he’ll never forget.

But moments later he grabbed some silk from the inside of his shoot, “When the wind caught it, the whole shoot blossomed… and it was pretty.”

Frank smiled as he remembered the frighting moment, and how he was able to land safely.

“With or without his aortic valve he’s an inspiration, wherever he goes, he’s a fantastic person,” said Bieniarz.

Farr said he’s thankful to be alive to tell his stories,”I’m here today, and I’ve had a wonderful life.”

A wonderful life, that continues to give.

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