David Arthur ConnBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1962 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1962
- Alan G Conn,
- I Graeme Conn
David Arthur Conn was the son of a general practitioner and a teacher. At the age of 8 he developed exertional chest pain, and his father, Ian (see obituary: http://www.bmj.com/content/336/7646/727.1), diagnosed aortic stenosis. Cardiac catheterisation in Glasgow revealed a complex aortic root hypoplasia. At the National Heart Hospital, under the care of Jane Sommerville and Donald Ross, David underwent aortoplasty and later, an aortic homograft. A second homograft was required in his late teens when the first graft calcified.
With remarkable strength of character, David turned a childhood of …