Italian doctors performed a life-saving, open-heart procedure on a 100-year-old patient, a former doctor himself, ANSA news agency reported.

Florence medical experts said the procedure had never before been used on a patient his age.
The operation involved the implantation of an artery-widening balloon and three stents and was performed at the Tuscan capital's Careggi Hospital, ANSA said.

The patient was a former urologist who practiced medicine until he was 80.

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