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Long Beach Man Celebrates 104th Birthday at St. Francis with Doctors and Nurses Who Saved Him

22 July, 2019

For a Centenarian, Heart Valve Surgery Was a Piece of Cake

Roslyn, New York, July 22, 2019Age is just a number and David Golden is living proof. After undergoing a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement last February and receiving a pacemaker the next week, the Long Beach resident has more than a hundred reasons to consider himself blessed. So he is celebrating his 104th birthday at St. Francis Hospital with the doctors and nurses who saved him.

The spry centenarian hasn’t missed a beat since undergoing the two heart procedures. His family says he continues to live independently and still likes to drive even though they prefer to shuttle him around town. The avid reader enjoys keeping up with his family, friends, and community, as well as being a vibrant part of his synagogue – epitomizing the term “well elderly.”

“He’s changed my perspective of what ‘old age’ looks like,” said his daughter-in-law Pearl, who recently turned 64 and realizes that life isn’t over after reaching a certain age - even 100.

David celebrated his major milestone with the three physicians who helped him get life-saving cardiac care at St. Francis- Meyer Abittan, M.D, George Petrossian, M.D, and Matt Henry M.D., as well as medical staff from the John Brancaccio Heart Valve Center. The Center performs more transcatheter aortic valve replacements or TAVRS than any hospital on Long Island.

“As the state’s only specialty designated heart center, we pride ourselves on providing best in class cardiac services. And when it comes to TAVR, we have the utmost faith that our patients are in the most experienced hands,” said Charles L. Lucore, M.D. MBA, President of St. Francis.

Doctors and nurses couldn’t wait to sing happy birthday and see David make a wish- before wishing him mazel tov- or good luck. One of his physicians- Dr. Abittan- who is also a rabbi, said a prayer for his longtime patient for more happy and healthy years ahead.

Contact: Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,