Produced by Spark Media and Duke Media for PBS American Experience. Winner 2010 Gold Peer Award for Best Documentary Classic. Narrated by Morgan Freeman,
Andrea Kalin - Director; Producer; Writer
Bill Duke - Director, Re-Creations
Skip Coblyn - Consulting Producer; Assistant Director for Re-Creations
Robin Coblyn - Researcher; Production Associate
Chris Haley - Actor as Vivian Thomas
Against the backdrop of segregation, Vivien Thomas, a black carpenter's apprentice with a genius for surgery, and Dr. Alfred Blalock, a renowned white surgeon, dared to defy medical gospel by forging a partnership that changed the course of medical history. The two men's work together led to one of the century's major breakthroughs - a daring heart operation that saved thousands of children afflicted with a congenital heart defect called "Blue Baby Syndrome." With only a high school degree, Thomas became a cardiac pioneer and a teacher to two generations of America's premiere heart surgeons at a time when he himself could not become one. His journey is a compelling, often overlooked American story of personal triumph over the strictures of his time.