At the time, I was working on a video for the newly formed Good Samaritan Heart Institute and was in the OR watching a heart valve operation on an old woman.
A nurse came in and announced the catastrophe just as doctors split the woman's chest open. Odd, but I don't remember another word spoken about the disaster.
The doctors were busy with something more important at that precise moment, as another life depended on their complete concentration.
A few years later I wrote the scene into a play from the surgeon's POV.