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Surgeon who once 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. The civil rights leader had lifesaving surgery at the hospital after being attacked by a mentally disturbed woman at a book signing.

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

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

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

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