A man who may well be the most important medical worker of the century died Wednesday.
He was Longino Soto Pacheco, a surgeon who was born in 1923. He died in Hospital Clinica Católica. He was a pioneer in various forms of surgery, mostly relating to the heart and also was known as someone who would teach the skills to younger physicians. He worked his entire career at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.
His death was mourned in a statement from Casa Presidencial Wednesday night. The statement also pointed out the multifaceted life of the man, who also happened to be president of a first-division soccer football team. Soto also served as a legislative deputy.