"THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT"
ROBERTO CANESSA, MD
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Following the 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception
On October 12, 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying members of the “Old Christians” rugby team, along with many of their friends and family members—crashed into the Andes Mountains. At just 19 years old, Roberto Canessa made history for being one of the two men who survived after walking 11 days and climbing 15,000 thousand feet in the snow-capped Andes Cordillera, to guide rescuers back to 14 friends still trapped in the mountains, 72 days after their plane crashed, and 60 days after the search for them had been suspended.
Hear the first-hand account of the harrowing brink-of-death experience — extreme conditions, injuries, starvation and isolation — that propelled survivor Roberto Canessa to become one of the world’s leading pediatric cardiologists, recognized for his work with newborn patients and prenatal echocardiography at the Hospital Italiano of Montevideo.
The story has been widely documented in several books and films, including the best-selling book, Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, by British Writer Piers Paul Read, also a major motion picture.