50th Anniversary: The Artichoke – Student Makes Medical History

Lakewood Logue April 1983

Eric Galvez | Staff Writer

Former Lakewood student, Dr. Eric Galvez, the first 21-year-old doctor in Minnesota history, performed the first stone-heart transplant on Wednesday, April 6, 1983 in a Bedrock, Minnesota hospital. The recipient of the stone heart, Dr. Barney Rubble, is listed in satisfactory condition at Bedrock Memorial. The operation would not have been a success had it not been for Rubble’s close friend, Fred Flintstone, who gave blood during the operation. Luckily for Rubble, Flintstone has the same rare blood type, AB√31. I asked Rubble’s son, Bam-Bam, about his father’s condition:

Rubble recharging his heart.

REPORTER: How long will your father be in the hospital?

BAM-BAM: Bam, bam. Bam, bam, bam.

REPORTER: Will he be able to lead a normal life?

BAM-BAM: Bam,bam,  bam.  Bam,  bam.

REPORTER: Are you sure?

BAM-BAM: Bam, bam, bam.  Bam, bam, bam.

REPORTER: Thank you for your time.

BAM-BAM: No sweat pal.   Have you seen Pebbles around?

The heart, made of 50 percent granite, 40 percent limestone, and 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, is a special self-recharging model developed by Dr. Galvez and his associate, Dr. Keith Aleshire. In order to recharge the heart, all Rubble has to do is stand on his head with his feet at 90-degree angles to each other.

According to the doctors, the stone heart will put an end to some problems Rubble was having with a beard he used to have, which was growing too rapidly. Apparently, due to some unexplained medical phenomenon, Rubble’s transplant will also keep Flintstone’s beard from growing too quickly. Drs. Galvez and Aleshire said it’s like killing two beards with one stoneheart.