Surgeon who saved MLK's life dies in NYC

By By DAVID B. CARUSO

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958 has died at the age of 95.

Dr. John W.V. Cordice (kawr-DYS) was formerly an attending surgeon and chief of thoracic surgery at Harlem Hospital Center, where the civil rights leader had lifesaving surgery after being attacked by a mentally disturbed woman at a book signing event.

Cordice died on Sunday.

His death was announced Tuesday by the city's Health and Hospitals Corp., which oversees Harlem Hospital.

Cordice was one of a group of surgeons who removed a seven-inch letter opener from King's chest following the attack.

He practiced medicine in New York City for 40 years and lived in Harlem and Queens.

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