Cardiac surgeon Tómas Guðbjartsson, a professor and senior physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, was voted Person of the Year by listeners of Rás 2 radio station on Wednesday. Tómas and his team recently saved a man who had been stabbed in the heart.
The operation was filmed and the footage screened on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós. It shows how Tómas pumped the patient’s heart with his hands to maintain the flow of blood to the brain, ruv.is reports.
“I didn’t expect this news story and event to garner so much attention but I find it pleasing, of course, both for myself but no less for my colleagues and everyone who works at Landspítali and in the healthcare system. I find that it isn’t just me who is receiving a recognition but the healthcare system overall, which I believe people care about and are concerned about,” Tómas commented.
Doctors in Iceland and the Icelandic state are trying to reach a conclusion in a difficult wage dispute, which has resulted in series of strike among doctors with further strikes on the horizon this month if the current rounds of negotiation will not be successful.
Sixty-three people were nominated as Person of the Year on Rás 2 with Tómas receiving the most votes by far. Search and rescue volunteers came second and Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson third.
This is the 26th time that Rás 2 names a Person of the Year. In 2013, athlete Aníta Hinriksdóttir was named and fisherman Eiríkur Ingi Jóhannsson in 2012.