Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Padre Pio Connection

In his medical practice, C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon who achieved international recognition for successfully separating conjoined twins and for advancing the field of pediatric surgery with new lifesaving procedures.

Of particular interest is the case of critically ill Veramarie Calandra, fifth child of Harry and Vera Calandra, who operated a small grocery store in Norristown, Pa. Veramarie was born in 1966, and suffered from a congenital kidney disease. Dr. Koop performed several surgeries on the infant’s severe urinary tract defects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, finally removing her bladder and warning her parents that she could not live that way, and that the child was certain to die.

Mrs. Calandra had read of the miracles of Padre Pio, and in 1968—just a few weeks before the friar’s death—she was moved to travel with her seriously ill toddler to his monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

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  1. Surgeon General Koop was an Evangelical that lead Evangelical’s in the Roman Catholic war against Abortion. So, you can say Koop brought Ecumenism into focus with “The War on Abortion!”

    Just a side note, to the Padre Pio Story…which was a Miracle!


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