January 19, 2012

Mayo Clinic’s Luis Felipe Bonilla remembered as compassionate surgeon


Tracy Bonilla wasn’t really ready to talk about her husband on Tuesday. But when contacted at the Minnesota home she had shared with Luis Felipe Bonilla, she decided to say something brief. “What resides in my mind and my heart is that he was just a noble and wonderful man,” said Tracy, pausing several times while speaking. “He was a wonderful husband and father.” And with that, she apologized for having nothing else to say and hung up the phone. Bonilla, 49, a Mayo cardiac surgeon, was killed in a helicopter crash Monday while trying to pick up a heart for transplant in Gainesville. Additional coverage: News 4 Jax, Florida Times-Union, WOKV, Review Seeker, Salon.com, First Coast News, KBOI (Idaho), KOB.com (Miami), NY Daily, Florida Times-Union, Action News Jax, LA Times, ABC News, Miami Herald, Newsday, LA Times blog, FOX News Latino, NPR, Gulf News, CNN, Canoe.ca, South Asian News Agency, NDTV, AFP, Sun Herald (Miss), Florida Guard, WIFR (Ill.), News 12 (Ga.), Florida Times-Union, News 4 Jax, Washington Post, KSWT Ariz, Seattle Post Intelligencer, LA Times, Gainesville Sun, MPR, KTTC, KAAL

Florida Times-Union, by Larry Hannan, 12/2011

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