Doctor Richard Crutcher dies at 97

A Lexington doctor, who performed the first open-heart surgery in Central Kentucky, has died.

The Herald-Leader reports Doctor Richard Crutcher died at his Lexington home, on Saturday.

This past March, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his landmark surgery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8, at Milward's Funeral Home, Tuesday.

The funeral is Wednesday, at the Newman Center.

Crutcher was 97.

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