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Waterbury Hospital to host author talk and book signing


Waterbury Hospital is sponsoring an Author Talk and Book Signing Event with Dr. Kristaps Keggi, professor emeritus and long-time member of the Waterbury HEALTH medical staff. Dr. Keggi’s new book My Century is a memoir including about his time as an orthopedic surgeon in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

What: Author Talk and Book Signing by Dr. Kristaps Keggi author of My Century

Date: Dec. 8.

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Where: Bizzozero Conference Room, Waterbury Hospital, 64 Robbins Street, Waterbury

About the book:

Here is the story of a lifetime. As a boy in Latvia during World War II, Kristaps Keggi and his family dodged both Soviet Communist and German Nazi invaders, eventually escaping to America on a refugee ship. Arriving in New York City, Kristaps proved to be a quick learner. He began to understand and then live the American Dream. After showing his promise in high schools in Brooklyn and Greenwich, CT, he moved on to Yale College, Yale Medical School, and then, in 1965, to the harrowing war in Vietnam, where he was a fast-thinking, common-sense surgeon in the U.S. Army's first MASH unit there.
Once back in the States, Kristaps and his wife, Julie, built a family together while he embarked on a career as a pioneer and innovator in the field of orthopedic surgery, especially hip procedures. His reputation led him to become a teacher and mentor, as well, not only to subsequent generations of med school students at Yale, but also to hundreds of fellows from Russia and other Eastern European countries both before and after the fall of Communism.
It's a powerful and well-told story, an inspiring microcosm of mid-20th-century America and the world at large. Kristaps Keggi tells the story with good humor, a love for a telling anecdote, and great attention to detail. His portraits of those he's met along the way - a Russian admiral, a Vietnam tentmate, a Yale mentor - are memorable.
"My Century" serves as a valuable addition to anyone's bookshelf of American success stories.

Books will be available at the event for $19.50.

Books can also be purchased on:

Amazon.com: My Century: A memoir of war, peace and pioneering in the operating room. eBook: Keggi, Kristaps: Kindle Store


About Waterbury HEALTH

Waterbury HEALTH, which includes Waterbury Hospital, Alliance Medical Group, Cardiology Associates of Greater Waterbury, VNA Health at Home and Access Rehab Centers, Greater Waterbury Imaging Center, offers comprehensive healthcare services including primary care, emergency and acute care, and home healthcare. Serving Waterbury and 11 surrounding communities in Western Connecticut, Waterbury HEALTH is a member of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., a national family of hospitals and healthcare networks.