Prince of Hearts

Dr. Michael Teodori holds the hearts of many Valley children - often literally - in his hands

Her last comment led Phoenix Children's social worker Tom Dusbabec to utter wryly, "We did miss the pestilence."

"At least we're here," Robinson concluded. "I just wish Dr. Teodori was here, too."

Last month, Phoenix Children's nurse Liv Lowry joined about 40 others at a prayer meeting for the injured Mike Teodori.

Dr. Michael Teodori with heart patient Xzavion Gonzales, July 2002.
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Dr. Michael Teodori with heart patient Xzavion Gonzales, July 2002.
Samantha Blier consoles her son, Xzavion Gonzales, before his heart operation, as the boy's grandfather, Don Blier, looks on.
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Samantha Blier consoles her son, Xzavion Gonzales, before his heart operation, as the boy's grandfather, Don Blier, looks on.

She was on duty at the intensive-care unit when the vigil began, but asked a colleague to cover for her so she could speak near the end of the get-together, which took place in a different part of the hospital.

"Thank you, Lord, for Dr. Teodori," Lowry said, weeping, "and all the miracles we have been part of here at the hospital, and he is one of the miracles that God has given us. The reason we feel so strongly about him is the personal love he has given totally to his patients and to us."

Lowry then practically ran back to the pediatric intensive-care unit, where she resumed her care for a two-month-old girl on whom Dr. Lupinetti had operated the day before. As she looked down at the tiny baby, the nurse decided to tell a very personal story:

"Two times in 20 years, I have felt something envelop me, wrap itself around me like a cocoon. It was right before I had to take care of two babies who were in bad shape and weren't supposed to make it. But they did. It may have been positive ions or it may have been something else, but it was real, and I didn't ask for it -- it just came.

"I think what happened to me is what it must be like to be Mike Teodori in the operating room. It's a beautiful thing."


Dr. Teodori is examining Xzavion Gonzales at his office in early July, a month after the boy's surgery. Xzavion is a bundle of pep, and is constantly irritating his mother by looking for mischief to get into.

"I know you," the boy tells the doctor during the postoperative exam. "You're the fix heart guy."

"Yup, that's me," Teodori replies. "You look great. I didn't slow you down. Your heart is working beautiful."

Xzavion proudly shows the doctor his long surgical scar, which has healed nicely.

"That's my man," Teodori says. He touches Xzavion lightly atop his head, then fetches the boy a lollipop before saying his goodbyes.

"Thank you, doctor," Samantha Blier tells him. "I don't know what else to say."

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