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.